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Elements of a Sustainable World

John Evans


We have 118 known chemical elements as our palette in our context of sustaining our world. Our context is considered in terms of the four spheres of the ancient world: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. This book shows how chemical principles can be used to understand the pressures on our world spanning from greenhouse emissions through freshwater supplies to energy generation and storage. The supply of the chemical elements is key to their contribution to alleviating these pressures. Most synthetic and radioactive elements are not available in sufficient supply to contribute in this. Some solutions, ... More

Keywords: Sustainability, Chemical elements, Chemical principles, Resources, Materials, Energy, Atmosphere, Water, Global warming

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198827832
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827832.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Evans, author
Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Southampton

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