The cover photo showing illuminated areas of the Earth at night as seen from space satellites illustrates global energy use patterns. The global extent of increasing energy use is cause to examine the ramifications of resource consumption and its effects on the world in which we live. This text examines several critical topics of global importance associated with our increasing use of resource consumption and its impact on our environment. Energy and the Environment, 2e provides updated information on pivotal issues that surround the study of energy through the exploration of basic concepts, resources applications, and problems of current interest. The text presents up-to-date research and data from the pages of current journals and government publications.Robert A. Ristinen is the author of 'Energy and the Environment', published 2005 under ISBN 9780471739890 and ISBN 0471739898.