Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
Three of the major effects of the high-carbon fuels used to generate power in today's world are sped-up climate change, the acidification of the oceans, and deaths caused by asthma, cancer, and pulmonary disease. It's obvious we need to set a goal of using low-carbon energy resources to generate power as the situation is already concerning enough and could get even worse if left unchecked. In A Matter of Scale, Preston Urka discusses why generating power is important in maintaining a wealthy, vibrant, and expansive society and the low-carbon possibilities and solutions society must adopt and advocate for to achieve a significant change. Readers will learn about concentrated solar energy, wind energy, nuclear power, and the practicality of low-carbon electricity generation.
Finally! A book that provides feasible solutions to the pollution problem caused by high-carbon fuels and simplifies the science and engineering concepts for laypeople. I, as one of such laypeople, was finally able to understand why nuclear power is considered a good option for generating power even though it appears dangerous. A Matter of Scale: Untangling the Titanic Challenge of Humanity's Clean Energy Future is packed with many more important revelations, and as explained by the author, it favors "clarity over quibbles". However, readers who wish to study further are provided with a reputable website as endnotes. Preston Urka's book also includes pictures, charts, and practical examples that make understanding and remembering the concepts easier. Since A Matter of Scale hits the nail right on the head regarding a problem that affects us all, I recommend it to everyone: the decision-makers and the rest of the populace.