MAM 13 April 2013 Mathematics of Sustainability There are numerous sustainable energy approaches being developed and implemented including a variety of wind and solar energy technologies. Mathematical modeling is used in designing efficient turbines and solar cells and, together with weather data, helps engineers figure out promising locations for wind turbines and solar panels.  These alternative energies offer the promise of long-term energy supplies with reduced carbon emissions and less impact on climate change. But mathematical analysis also points out that these types of low intensity energy sources must be spread across large areas if they are to produce the huge amounts of energy our society uses. We must face the difficult issue of where to locate these fluctuating sources of energy and how to efficiently transmit their energy to areas of need.In developing countries around the world, there are 1.3 billion people without electricity and 2.7 billion people who do not have access to cooking and heating fuel. These countries are “energy poor”. The United Nations Secretary General has initiated a twenty year campaign called Sustainable Energy for All that aims to provide increased access to energy to raise standards of living in developing countries and to do so using sustainable energy approaches so as not to contribute yet further to climate change.   Economists use mathematics to help develop such plans and then carefully collect and analyze data to track the progress of the initiatives.Many of the world’s people that will be negatively impacted by climate change have not enjoyed the benefits of the fossil fuel era. How do we mange the change from fossil fuels to renewable energies fairly? MAM 13 Essays Balancing needs and seeking solutions for a complex changing world The role of mathematics in addressing issues of sustainability Download PDF Creating A Climate Friendly Future Download PDF The Control, Dynamics and Evolution of Emergent and Re-emergent Diseases in the Context of Sustainability Download PDF

Speaking of sustainable energy, you might be interested in Sustainable energy on Wikipedia. If you’re curious about how mathematical modeling contributes to green technologies, check out Mathematical model on Wikipedia. For insight into global efforts to improve energy access and sustainability, you might find the Sustainable Energy for All initiative on Wikipedia informative. And to understand the broader context of energy systems and climate change, explore