Energy Transformed : Building Capacity in the Engineering Profession in Australia

Desha, Cheryl & Hargroves, Karlson (2010) Energy Transformed : Building Capacity in the Engineering Profession in Australia. In Palm, Jenny (Ed.) Energy Efficiency. Sciyo, Croatia, pp. 125-142.

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Abstract

Global pressures of burgeoning population growth and consumption are threatening efforts to reduce negative environmental pressures associated with development such as atmospheric, land and water pollution. For example, the world’s population is now growing at over 70 million per year or 1 billion per decade (Brown, 2007), increasing from 3.5 billion in 1970, to 5 billion in 1990, to 7 billion by 2010 (United Nations, 2002). In 1990 only 13 percent of the global population lived in cities, while in 2007 more than half did. More than 60 percent of the global population lives within 100 kilometers of the coastline (World Resources Institute, 2005) and nearly all of the population growth hereon is forecast to happen in developing countries (Postel, 1999). Future levels of stress on the global environment are therefore likely to increase if current trends are used for forecasting, which is particularly challenging as scientists are already observing significant signs of degradation and failure in environmental systems. For example, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report (IPCC, 2007) provided an nequivocal link between climate change and current human activities, in particular: the burning of fossil fuels; deforestation and land clearing; the use of synthetic greenhouse gases; and decomposition of wastes from landfill. The UK Stern Review concluded that within our lifetime there is between a 77 to 99 percent chance (depending on the climate model used) of the global average temperature rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius (Stern, 2006), with a likely greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere of 550 parts per million (ppm) or more by around 2100.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
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Cheryl Desha and Karlson 'Charlie' Hargroves (2010). Energy Transformed - Building Capacity in the Engineering Profession, Energy Efficiency, Jenny Palm (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-137-4, InTech, DOI: 10.5772/9832. Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/books/energy-efficiency/energy-transformed-building-capacity-in-the-engineering-profession

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Keywords: Energy Efficiency , Engineering Education, Engineering Profession, Higher Education, HERN
DOI: 10.5772/9832
ISBN: 9789533071374
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Science and Techniques (120202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ENGINEERING DESIGN (120400) > Engineering Design Knowledge (120402)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Published: August 17, 2010 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license

Cheryl Desha and Karlson 'Charlie' Hargroves (2010). Energy Transformed - Building Capacity in the Engineering Profession, Energy Efficiency, Jenny Palm (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-137-4, InTech, DOI: 10.5772/9832. Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/books/energy-efficiency/energy-transformed-building-capacity-in-the-engineering-profession

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