Energy: The long view

June 26, 2008 | 00:00

Energy: The long view

As we become increasingly concerned about the sustainability of our energy systems, we need to develop ways of thinking about energy from a long term perspective - for instance, climate change studies often involve forecasts hundreds of years into the future.

 

A new study, by Malcolm Keay, draws inspiration from Churchill's dictum "The further backward you look, the further forward you can see". It traces past energy developments and trends, since before the industrial revolution, to see what lessons history may hold about possible long term energy futures.

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