chapter  2
Energy and environment
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In order to explore the environmental implications of energy generation and use, we will need an understanding of the basic terms, concepts and measurement units used in the energy field. As you will discover, perhaps surprisingly, some of the measurement units are far from uncontroversial. Having established this context, the chapter then looks at how energy is and has been used around the world, and at some of the social and environmental problems that have emerged as a consequence of the use of fossil and nuclear fuels. Finally we look briefly at what the alternative energy options might be.