5 Insightful Books To Read About the Hydrogen Economy

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There are many books out there that are great reads for anyone interested in the hydrogen economy. With that being said, some books are better than others and go into more detail. These books are insightful and will really make you think. Below are 5 of those books.

1) The Hydrogen Economy: The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth

This book, written by Jeremy Rifkin, is one of the best ones to read. It focuses on helping people move away from the destructive times of oil and towards hydrogen. It is very clear and comprehensive and argues a great case.

2) Hydrogen Economy

The authors of this book are P K Pahwa and G K Pahwa. This book explains the importance of using hydrogen as energy, looks at the usefulness of moving, dispensing, and using hydrogen, looking at how safe hydrogen is, and looking at any possible hazards there might be.

3) The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers, and R&D Needs

This book was written by the National Academy of Engineering. This book looks at many things, including opportunities, costs, barriers, and R&D needs. It goes into depth on all of these things and really gives a comprehensive idea of the factors that go into deciding whether or not hydrogen is the way to go.

4) The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

There are 8 main authors of this book who contributed writings. The editors are Michael Ball and Martin Wietschel. This book stands out from others on the subject because not only does it have the perspective of multiple different people, but it also covers every aspect of using hydrogen. It even covers environmental, socioeconomic, and geographic impacts on hydrogen. It also covers the aspects of meeting a growing demand for transport energy over a long period of time.

5) The Solar Hydrogen Civilization: The Future of Energy Is the Future of Our Global Economy

This book, written by Roy McAlister, is great because it completely shoots down any myths surrounding hydrogen. Another great thing about this book is that it uses many diagrams and is a great starting point for anyone looking for information.

As you can see, these books are ones that will make you think and will give your information that you might not have already known about the hydrogen economy. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, give these books a chance. You won’t be disappointed!

How to Positively Impact Climate Change Under the Trump Administration

Will the newly inaugurated US president, Mr. Donald Trump, ruin all of America’s progress, or even the world’s progress, towards becoming greener? This question is bouncing around millions of people’s minds. To tackle this question, we must assess the situation, create objectives, plan accordingly, and then, take actionable steps to accomplish the objectives.

With Trump’s inauguration came a world of protest. Not only did Americans protest, but men and women worldwide are still protesting as I type; and, it has already been two months since his election. Coral Davenport of the New York Times tells of Trump’s fierce disbelief in climate change. Trump is going so far as to “[vow] to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency ‘in almost every form.’” After the wildly successful and global Women’s March on January 21, 2017, would-be protesters have gained the courage to stand their ground against Trump on April 29, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the People’s Climate March.

This People’s Climate March committee states, “Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet.” With this in mind, we must vow ourselves to improve the environment, even in the face of great opposition. Here is what you can practically do to promote a greener, safer, and better world for the generations to come, even in light of Trump’s actions.

1) March on Washington

Join the People’s Climate March on April 29, 2017.

2) Become a People’s Climate Mobilization Partner

On the People’s Climate website, there is a form you can fill out for your organization to affect climate change. “We are mobilizing specifically for 100 hours of action at the beginning of Trump’s Presidency,” they state, “and escalating from there towards a massive march [in April]… If you are interested in supporting the effort, please fill out this form.”

3) Lobby Elected Officials

Listen to the AFSCME on how they lobby elected officials. Although they have a different message, their method is still golden. They offer insights into why you should lobby, how to write to an official, how to run a meeting with an official, and how to communicate powerfully.

4) Personally Implement Green Practices

There is a wide variety of literature on how to be “green.” Here’s an article that simply explains ten ways to do this.

5) Green Your Office

Reach out to your superior and/or Human Resource Director on ideas you have, concerning greening the office. Maybe even consider creating a powerpoint presentation to pitch your ideas. Show you are serious and that this is a serious matter. Of course, stay professional by not referencing politics, but use some of the same messaging you use with lobbying officials in your message to your employer. Here are “30 Easy Ways to Go Green in the Office.”

These five examples should keep you busy for a long time, depending on how deeply you enact them. These can seem overwhelming, but here is the trick to staying motivated: Focus on the solution, not the problem. If you only look at the mountain in front of you that you have to climb and not your powerful gear, knowledgeable team, and reward at the top, you will fail. Your firepower is what you have, not what you don’t.