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Challenged by Carbon: The Oil Industry and Climate Change

Product Code: MPBCC
Series: Miscellaneous titles
Author/Editor: By Bryan Lovell
Publication Date: 02 February 2012
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Published by Cambridge University Press. Distributed by GSL from October 2013.

Is there a low-carbon future for the oil industry? Faced with compelling new geological evidence, the petroleum industry can no longer ignore the consequences of climate change brought on by consumption of its products. Yet the global community will continue to burn fossil fuels as we manage the transition to a low-carbon economy.

As a geologist, oil man, academic and erstwhile politician, Bryan Lovell is uniquely well placed to describe the tensions accompanying the gradual greening of the petroleum industry over the last decade. He describes how, given the right lead from government, the oil industry could be environmental saviours, not villains, playing a crucial role in stabilising emissions through the capture and underground storage of carbon dioxide. Challenging prejudices of both the environmentalists and the oil industry, Lovell ultimately assigns responsibility to us as consumers and our elected governments, highlighting the need for decisive leadership and urgent action to establish an international framework of policy and regulation.

  • Discusses the role of the oil industry in climate change - presenting food for new thought, not sustenance for existing prejudice
  • Explains why we cannot yet manage without fossil fuels - but we can cope with the consequences given political leadership to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy
  • Written with authority from the perspective of 50 years of vigorous international involvement in research, teaching, industry and politics
  • Brings a new and essential geological perspective on understanding and coping with climate change


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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-0-521-14559-6
Publisher: Distributed by GSL
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 214
Weight: 0.5 kg


1. Geologists on the road to Kyoto
2. A crucial message from 55 million years ago
3. An Atlantic divide in Big Oil
4. What is the oil industry supposed to do?
5. The size of the problem and the scale of the answer
6. Safe storage: from villain to hero
7. Taking it a decade at a time
8. The proof in the Puddingstone


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