Energy Sprawl Solutions

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Paperback - September 2017 - AU $49.99

Provides a roadmap for preserving biodiversity despite the threats of energy sprawl.

Over the next several decades, as human populations grow and developing countries become more affluent, the demand for energy will soar. Parts of the energy sector are preparing to meet this demand by increasing renewable energy production, which is necessary to combat climate change. But many renewable energy sources have a large energy sprawl—the amount of land needed to produce energy—which can threaten biodiversity and conservation. Is it possible to meet this rise in energy demand, while still conserving natural places and species? + Full description

In Energy Sprawl Solutions, scientists Joseph M. Kiesecker and David Naugle provide a roadmap for preserving biodiversity despite the threats of energy sprawl. Their strategy—development by design—brings together companies, communities, and governments to craft blueprints for sustainable land development. This common sense approach identifies and pre-emptively sets aside land where biodiversity can thrive while consolidating development in areas with lower biodiversity value. This approach makes sense for energy industries and governments, which can confidently build sustainability into their energy futures.

This contributed volume brings together experts in diverse fields such as biodiversity conservation, ecology, ecosystem services, wildlife, fisheries, planning, energy, economics, and finance. Early chapters set the context for global patterns of biodiversity risk from energy extraction and the challenges of achieving a green future while maintaining energy security. Middle chapters are devoted to case studies from countries around the world, each describing a different energy sector and the collaborative process involved in planning complex energy projects in a way that maximizes biodiversity protection. Detailed maps and charts help orient readers to countries and energy sectors, providing proof for what is possible.

With biodiversity declining rapidly because of an energy-hungry world, this book provides a needed guide for elected officials, industry representatives, NGOs and community groups who have a stake in sustainable energy-development planning.

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Paperback | September 2017 | $ 49.99
ISBN: 9781610917223 | 250 pages | 229 x 152 mm
Publisher: Island Press, USA


PART I: A Glimpse into Future Sprawl
Chapter 1. The Geography of Risk
Chapter 2. The Challenges of a Green Future
PART II: Solutions for Reducing Energy Sprawl
Chapter 3. North America: Energy Sprawl and Triage Conservation
Chapter 4. United States: Wind and Wildlife
Chapter 5. California: Guiding Solar Energy Development with Regional Conservation Planning
Chapter 6. Venezuela: Offshore Oil
Chapter 7. Latin America: Energy and Ecosystem Services
Chapter 8. Brazil: Planning Biofuels Expansion to Sustain Production and Environmental Quality in Brazilian Landscapes
Chapter 9. China and Brazil: The Future of Sustainable Energy and Healthy Rivers
PART III: Moving from Best Practice to Common Practice
Chapter 10. Sustainable Energy Landscapes: Policies, Practices, and Pathways
The Last Word: Conclusion


Joseph M. Kiesecker is Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Lands Team, in Fort Collins, Colorado.

David Naugle is Professor of Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana in Missoula.