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Smelling Land: The Hydrogen Defense Against Climate Catastrophe, Enhanced Edition

Smelling Land: The Hydrogen Defense Against Climate Catastrophe    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-9809674-0-1
Pages 485
Language English only
Price $28.95
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Written by David Sanborn Scott.
Published by the Canadian Hydrogen Association, 2007.


Smelling Land: The Hydrogen Defense Against Climate Catastrophe by David Sanborn Scott, is the first clearly written, comprehensive book to explain why hydrogen is the only way to escape global climate catastrophe.

Climate destabilization is the most serious environmental threat of the 21st century. If not stopped, it will bring economic collapse; mass migrations and global wars as countries vie for depleting resources, water and even the ability to grow food. Resolving these escalating issues will be the most important environmental challenge we face this century. In this timely and important book, Dr. Scott, one of Canada’s foremost energy experts, clearly demonstrates that we have only one real choice. We must adopt sustainable energy sources that do not emit carbon dioxide and use these sources to manufacture the twin carbon-free energy currencies, hydrogen and electricity. Together, hydrogen and electricity can provide the full menu of civilization’s energy needs.

  • Smelling Land
  • Civiliation’s Energy System
  • Understanding Environmental Intrusion
  • Sustainability and the Coming Hydrogen Age
  • Earth’s Energy System
  • Harvesting Exergy Sources
  • Working with Hydrogen
  • Service Technologies
  • On Where We Are and Where We Should Go From Here
  • Coda
Interspersed throughout the book are Intermezzo chapters with Dr. Scott’s stories and metaphors that relate to the book’s broader scope. From the moment you learn about the cabin boy, you will be engaged in this unique, lyrical look at Earth, civilization’s energy system, and looming climate catastrophe. You will learn about metastability and wonder why you never knew about it before. You will begin to "smell land" for yourself along the way, you’ll take in a symphony, sail across an ocean, and marvel at the relationship between a pendulum swinging and an egg hitting a wall. You will think and you will be entertained. Most of all, you will learn more about the gravest environmental challenge ever to face mankind—and much more about its solution.

About the author: Engineer, scientist and environmentalist, David Sanborn Scott is the vice-president (for the Americas) of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and received the inaugural D.Sc. (honorary) from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He founded the University of Victoria’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems. Dr. Scott consults for U.S. and Canadian corporations and national laboratories.

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