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Flavin, Christopher

Works: 264 works in 626 publications in 3 languages and 14,659 library holdings
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Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Christopher Flavin
Saving the planet : how to shape an environmentally sustainable global economy by Lester Russell Brown( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 1,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes an environmental research team's plan for a global economy
Running on empty : the future of the automobile in an oil-short world by Lester R Brown( Book )

8 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is an initial assessment of the fast changing oil outlook and its implications for the future of the automobile. Until recently, there was little reason to doubt that the automobile's role would continue to expand for the forseeable future. But that assumption no longer seems so certain. The automobile and the sprawling global auto industry are entering perhaps the most difficult period in their history. Their difficulties stem chiefly from the twin problems of growing precariousness in the world's oil supplies and rapidly rising oil prices
Renewable energy : the power to choose by Daniel Deudney( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long a dream of tinkerers and visionaries, renewable energy has now come of age. Technical innovations and successful development efforts in the last decade show that humanity can meet many of its energy needs by harnessing the inexhaustible flows of energy that come from the sun, the winds, the waters, living plants, and the earth itself. Here is a hard-nosed yet hopeful look at the global energy future. Daniel Deudney and Christopher Flavin of the Worldwatch Institute assess the advances being made in developing the major renewable sources of energy. Wood and hydropower already play crucial roles in the world energy economy. Passive solar design, wood alcohol, wind machines, and solar photovoltaic cells are among the "new" energy sources likely to grow in use most rapidly. Individual countries will pave the way with particular technologies, as has already been shown by Brazil in alcohol fuels, Japan in solar collectors, and the Philippines in geothermal energy. Renewable energy is not only an economical alternative to coal and nuclear power, the authors argue, but can help relieve unemployment, environmental degradation, and other pressing problems. The book describes what life could be like in a world powered by renewable energy, noting that differences in climate, natural resources, and economic philosophy will help determine which energy sources are used in various regions. Going beyond the generalities that have dominated recent energy policy debates, Deudney and Flavin detail a plan of action to promote sound energy development in rich and poor nations alike. They conclude that institutions and politics -- not resource limits -- constrain the use of renewable energy. - Jacket flap
Power surge : guide to the coming energy revolution by Christopher Flavin( Book )

17 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world energy economy is poised for a sweeping shift away from imported oil and environmentally damaging coal during the next few decades, according to the findings in Power Surge, the latest book from the Worldwatch Institute. Pushed by the need to stabilize the earth's climate, and pulled by the investment opportunities that beckon, global energy markets are beginning a rapid move to more efficient, decentralized, and cleaner systems, echoing the shift from mainframe to personal computers during the 1980s. Among the emerging changes expected: a new generation of lightweight, super-efficient electric cars that can be refueled at home; the rapid conversion of coal and nuclear plants to efficient gas turbines; a new generation of mass-produced wind and solar generators that are cost-competitive with the most advanced fossil plants; tiny fuel cells and rooftop solar panels that allow people to generate their own electricity; and the gradual emergence of nonpolluting hydrogen as the world's main energy carrier, supplanting oil and natural gas
Climate of hope : new strategies for stabilizing the world's atmosphere by Christopher Flavin( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slowing global warming : a worldwide strategy by Christopher Flavin( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rising sun, gathering winds : policies to stabilize the climate and strengthen economies by Christopher Flavin( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond the petroleum age : designing a solar economy by Christopher Flavin( Book )

11 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alternatives to fossil fuels as energy resources are discussed. Energy from the sun and other renewable resources are cited as the alternatives. Constructed is a practical energy scenario for the year 2030 that involves a 55-percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions, greatly improved energy efficiency, and an energy production system that relies heavily on solar energy, geothermal energy, wind power, and the energy of living plants. World petroleum resources in the Middle East and worldwide are described. Chapters include: (1) "The Next Energy Transition"; (2) "Power from the Sun"; (3) "a Policy Agenda"; (4) "Energy and Jobs"; and (5) "Toward a Solar Economy". (Kr)
Powering the future : blueprint for a sustainable electricity industry by Christopher Flavin( Book )

11 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reassessing nuclear power : the fallout from Chernobyl by Christopher Flavin( Book )

13 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion on April 26, 1986, was the world's most serious nuclear power accident to date. This document examines the accident's impact on the world from a variety of perspectives. The first major section of the book provides a step-by-step account of the accident itself, beginning with the special testing that eventually led to the disaster. Included are data on the daily release of radioactivity from Chernobyl from April 25 to May 7, the maximum reported radiation levels in Europe following the accident, and the estimated direct financial losses in the Soviet Union resulting from the incident. The "Political Fallout" section examines public opposition to nuclear power in various countries. It provides a summary of both the citizen responses (such as protests, demonstrations, and petitions) and the political responses that followed the accident. Other sections examine the safety of nuclear power in general and the possible effects of Chernobyl on the once-held vision of a nuclear-powered world. Major adjustments in policy are traced in selected countries since 1980, and examples of governmental decisions to reduce or eliminate nuclear power are discussed. (TW)
Energy and architecture : the solar and conservation potential by Christopher Flavin( Book )

10 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This monograph explores how architecture is influenced by and is responding to the global energy dilemma. Emphasis is placed on conservation techniques (using heavy insulation) and on passive solar construction (supplying most of a building's heating, cooling, and lighting requirements by sunlight). The basic problem is that architecture, like transportation, manufacturing, and agriculture, is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. It is estimated that approximately one-quarter of the world's energy supplies (two-thirds of which is derived directly or indirectly from oil and natural gas) is used for heating, cooling, and lighting buildings. Until recently, buildings in many countries were constructed with little or no concern for their energy efficiency or lifetime fuel costs. Building designers and researchers have recently become much more energy-conscious, due in large part to realization that paying for electricity is now the biggest expense in operating most large buildings. Also, the level of general awareness regarding energy use in buildings has risen rapidly as consumers, builders, real estate agents, and others have been exposed to education about climate conscious buildings. The conclusion is that the potential of energy-conscious improvements such as passive solar techniques and conservation for reducing dependence on expensive fossil fuel energy will be realized if designers, consumers, and regulatory agencies make an immediate and total commitment to make the transition to climate conscious buildings. Ways in which this transition can be accelerated include labeling of the fuel requirements of buildings by trade associations and local governments, provision of tax breaks for solar and other energy efficient homes, and establishment of energy standards for all new buildings. (DB)
The future of the automobile in an oil-short world by Lester R Brown( Book )

7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Building on success : the age of energy efficiency by Christopher Flavin( Book )

11 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The post-World War ii era is commonly described as the age of oil. Petroleum has fueled the industrialization process and has helped to raise living standards around the globe. At the same time, the current era has been referred to as the age of efficiency. Since 1973, it is estimated that the world saved far more energy through improved efficiency than it has gained from all new energy sources. This document deals with some of the possibilities for energy efficiency, particularly as it relates to environmental quality. It includes sections which deal with: (1) energy-wise buildings; (2) transportation challenges; (3) new potentials for industry; (4) research; (5) prices, taxes, and standards; (6) institutionalizing efficiency; and (7) the limits to energy growth. (Tw)
Low-carbon energy : a roadmap by Christopher Flavin( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Technologies available today, and those expected to become competitive over the next decade, will permit a rapid decarbonization of the global energy economy. New renewable energy technologies, combined with a broad suite of energy-efficient advances, will allow global energy needs to be met without fossil fuels and by adding only minimally to the cost of energy services."--Page 5
World oil : coping with the dangers of success by Christopher Flavin( Book )

8 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Electricity's future : the shift to efficiency and small-scale power by Christopher Flavin( Book )

13 editions published in 1984 in English and German and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Electricity, which has largely supplanted oil as the most controversial energy issue of the 1980s, is at the center of some of the world's bitterest economic and environmental controversies. Soaring costs, high interest rates, and environmental damage caused by large power plants have wreaked havoc on the once booming electricity industry. Although policymakers around the world disagree vigorously about future trends and appropriate policies, virtually all acknowledge that a turning point has been reached. This document discusses: (1) past practices and trends leading to problems related to electric power generation and the electrical industry in the United States and foreign countries (including developing nations); (2) innovations and advances in the electrical industry related to the growth of electricity; (3) the rush to small-scale energy production and cogeneration (the combined production of heat and power), led not by utilities but by large industrial companies building their own power systems and small firms created to tap new energy sources such as wind power and geothermal energy; (4) the role of energy efficient products and practices as a power source; and (5) electricity's future. (JN)
Nuclear power : the market test by Christopher Flavin( Book )

15 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nuclear power was considered vital to humanity's future until just a short time ago. Since the late seventies, economic viability has joined a list of such issues as waste disposal and radiation hazards which call into question the future of nuclear power. This document discusses (in separate sections): (1) the selling of nuclear power, including worldwide nuclear power commitments; (2) costs, including annual rate increases for nuclear construction; (3) explanations for the rising cost of nuclear power, examining such issues as mismanagement, nuclear power plant sizes, design flaws in early plants that required costly correction, and earthquake resistance; (4) decline of nuclear power programs in the United States; (5) international outlook on nuclear power development; and (6) other issues and problems. It is pointed out in the last section that the economic failings of nuclear power suggest the need for several major policy changes, including a more balanced approach in energy research and development which nuclear power has dominated in most industrial countries since the fifties. (Jn)
Wind power, a turning point by Christopher Flavin( Book )

9 editions published in 1981 in English and Spanish and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper deals with the potential of wind power and some of the issues involved with harnessing the wind
Electricity for a developing world : new directions by Christopher Flavin( Book )

10 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nature, scope, and problems of electrical programs are examined in this report on developing nations. Electric power is recognized as a crucial component of the economy in most Third World countries with the potential to affect some of the most basic issues facing these countries today. Topic areas covered include: (1) electric power development (examining selected countries growth, use, and generating capacity of electricity); (2) electricity efficiency (reviewing policies, programs, and standards implemented to increase energy efficiency); (3) new approaches to rural electrification (discussing electrification's extent and assessing its social and economic impacts); and (4) decentralizing generators and institutions (presenting the advantages and disadvantages of various power projects as hydropower, diesel generators, biomass, dendrothermal, wind, and solar photovoltaic cells). Several tables are included. (Ml)
Electricity from sunlight : the future of photovoltaics by Christopher Flavin( Book )

12 editions published in 1982 in English and Spanish and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solar photovoltaic cells have been called the ultimate energy technology, environmentally benign and without moving parts, solar cells directly convert sunlight into electricity. Photovoltaic energy conversion is fundamentally different from all other forms of electricity generation. Without turbines, generators or other mechanical equipment, it more closely resembles photosynthesis, the biochemical process that forms the energy basis of life on earth. A product of mid-twentieth century solid-state physics, photovoltaics has attracted a wide range of supporters: back-to-nature homesteaders, environmentalists, politicians, and businessmen. Increasingly, photovoltaics is a world of big business, with oil companies contributing a sizable share of the nearly half-billion dollars invested worldwide in 1982. Although research and development still form much of the solar cell industry, practical use of the technology is growing rapidly. Photovoltaic technology, cost reduction, the photovoltaics industry, government programs and international competition, applications of photovoltaics technology, solar power stations, and the future of solar power are discussed in separate sections. (Author/JN)
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Saving the planet : how to shape an environmentally sustainable global economy
Power surge : guide to the coming energy revolutionRising sun, gathering winds : policies to stabilize the climate and strengthen economies
Alternative Names
Christopher Flavin American environmentalist

Flāfīn, Krīstūfir

Flavin, Christofer

Flavin, Christopher

Flāvīn, Krīstūfir

فلافين، كريستوفر

كريستوفر فلافين

플래빈, 크리스토퍼 1955-

플레빈, 크리스토퍼 1955-

フレイヴィン, クリストファー

フレイヴィン, クリストファー 1955-

フレイビン, クリストファー

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