The story of CO2 Big ideas for a small molecule

Geoffrey A. Ozin

Book - 2020

"The climate crisis requires that we drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions across all sectors of society. The Story of CO2 contributes to this vital conversation by highlighting the cutting-edge science and emerging technologies--a number of which are already commercially available--that can transform carbon dioxide into a myriad of products such as feedstock chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, and fuels. This approach allows us to reconsider CO2 as a resource, and to add "carbon capture and use" to our other tools in the fight against catastrophic climate change. The Story of CO2 explores all aspects of carbon dioxide, from the atomic to the universal perspective, and takes the reader on an epic journey into our phys...ical world, starting from the moment of the Big Bang, all the way to the present world in which atmospheric CO2 concentrations continue to grow. This story seeks to inspire readers with the latest carbon utilization technologies and explain how they fit within the broader context of carbon mitigation strategies in the shift towards a sustainable energy economy."--

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Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : Aevo UTP 2020.
Main Author
Geoffrey A. Ozin (author)
Other Authors
Mireille F. Ghoussoub, 1991- (author)
Physical Description
xviii, 253 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Issued also in electronic format
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. The Good, the Bad, and the Oily
  • 2. From Space to Earth and Back Again
  • 3. Confronting Climate Change
  • 4. Stubborn Emissions
  • 5. Power to the CO 2
  • 6. It Is a CO 2 World
  • 7. Bringing It All Together
  • Appendix A. Companies Transforming CO 2
  • Appendix B. Further Reading
  • References
  • Illustration and Text Credits
  • Index
  • About the Authors
Review by Choice Review

This accessible work offers a relatively comprehensive review of a topic that has been much discussed in published media. Summarizing the most recent scientific findings on global warming and technological developments for controlling the impact of CO2, the book aims to convey a picture of an emissions-free future environment to its readers. Authors Ozin and Ghoussoub (both, Univ. of Toronto) present an overview of the latest developments in research on CO2 capture and its conversion/reuse for production of a wide range of products including feedstock chemicals, fertilizers, drugs, plastics, steel, cement, synthetic fuels, and more. They also emphasize giving due attention to the diversity of perspectives on environmental issues in developing new policies, since effective policies are as crucial as existing advanced technologies, if not more so, for achieving the overall changes that are required to move planet Earth toward a low-carbon future. Ozin and Ghoussoub argue that climate change is an ethical and political issue that cannot be resolved without confronting current socioeconomic inequalities as a step toward fulfilling our obligation to future generations. They suggest that controlling population growth is not an effective approach to meeting near-term emissions goals, while also claiming that it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without compromising economic growth. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students and professionals. General readers. --Javad Tavakoli, emeritus, Lafayette College

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