The Story of CO2: Big Ideas for a Small Molecule

The Story of CO2: Big Ideas for a Small Molecule


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The climate crisis requires that we drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions across all sectors of society. The Story of CO2 contributes to this vital conversation by highlighting the cutting-edge science and emerging technologies — a number of which are already commercially available — that can transform carbon dioxide into a myriad of products such as feedstock chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, and fuels. This approach allows us to reconsider CO2 as a resource, and to add "carbon capture and use" to our other tools in the fight against catastrophic climate change.

The Story of CO2 explores all aspects of carbon dioxide, from the atomic to the universal perspective, and takes the reader on an epic journey into our physical world, starting from the moment of the Big Bang, all the way to the present world in which atmospheric CO2 concentrations continue to grow. This story seeks to inspire readers with the latest carbon utilization technologies and explain how they fit within the broader context of carbon mitigation strategies in the shift towards a sustainable energy economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487506360
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 11/06/2020
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 806,942
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Geoffrey A. Ozin is a Distinguished University Professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Toronto and Government of Canada Research Chair.

Mireille F. Ghoussoub holds a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents


1. The Good, the Bad, and the Oily
2. From Space to Earth and Back Again
3. Confronting Climate Change
4. “Stubborn” Emissions
5. Power to the CO2
6. It's a CO2 World
7. Bringing it all Together

Appendix A: Companies Transforming CO2
Appendix B: Further Reading

About the Authors

What People are Saying About This

Erwin Reisner

“This book takes the reader on a fascinating journey of a simple and yet crucial molecule that is essential for life on Earth and our future.”

Harry B. Gray

“Sunlight and water have converted carbon dioxide to energy-rich molecules for billions of years. The oil, gas, and coal we have been using for transportation and materials have come from this chemistry. The bad news is that combustion of these fossil fuels continues to harm life on our planet. What to do? The Story of CO2, beautifully crafted by Geoffrey A. Ozin and Mireille F. Ghoussoub, has instructions for us. It is a great read, chock-full of history, facts, and most importantly, ideas about what we should be doing. Highly recommended!”

Leah C. Stokes

“The Story of CO2 provides a fascinating take on a molecule that's right under our noses. Ozin and Ghoussoub delve into this simple but powerful gas, which is changing our climate and acidifying our oceans. It's a thoroughly researched history of this essential gas that will leave the reader feeling more hopeful about solutions to our climate crisis and the future of our planet.”

John Polanyi

“This book could mark a turning point — the beginning of a paradigm shift.”

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