The Story of CO2: Big Ideas for a Small Molecule
Published: November 2020© 2020
Imprint: Aevo UTP
Page Count: 280 Pages
Illustrations: 16 Figures
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.50
280 Pages, 6.00 x 9.50 x 1.10 in, 16 Figures
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 physical 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.
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 CO2
6. It’s a CO2 World
7. Bringing it all Together
Appendix A: Companies Transforming CO2
Appendix B: Further Reading
About the Authors
"If you only read one book about climate change this year, make it this one."Louis Ammon, Chemistry World, June 2021
"This accessible work offers a relatively comprehensive review of a topic that has been much discussed in published media."J. Tavakoli, Lafayette College, CHOICE
“This book could mark a turning point – the beginning of a paradigm shift.” John Polanyi, University of Toronto, Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
“Sunlight and water have converted carbon dioxide to energy-rich molecules for billions of years. The oil, gas, and coal we have been using for transportation and materials have come from this chemistry. The bad news is that combustion of these fossil fuels continues to harm life on our planet. What to do? The Story of CO2, beautifully crafted by Geoffrey A. Ozin and Mireille F. Ghoussoub, has instructions for us. It is a great read, chock-full of history, facts, and most importantly, ideas about what we should be doing. Highly recommended!” Harry B. Gray, Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry, and Founding Director, Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology
“This book takes the reader on a fascinating journey of a simple and yet crucial molecule that is essential for life on Earth and our future.” Erwin Reisner, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
“The Story of CO2 provides a fascinating take on a molecule that’s right under our noses. Ozin and Ghoussoub delve into this simple but powerful gas, which is changing our climate and acidifying our oceans. It’s a thoroughly researched history of this essential gas that will leave the reader feeling more hopeful about solutions to our climate crisis and the future of our planet.” Leah C. Stokes, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
- 2020 Bronze Winner for Ecology & Environment
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