IHOPE and the SDGs: Clean and affordable energy

IHOPE and the SDGs: Clean and affordable energy

In this post series, we will introduce you to previously published research from the IHOPE network connected to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The relevance of the research was identified by the OSDG artificial intelligence software, and is subsequently manually reviewed.

Do you want to learn how the past, present and future is connected to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all?

The evolution of complexity and its relevance to understanding modern society, energy gain, and energy return on investment is explored with case studies ranging from ants to the Roman Empire, in chapter 29 of The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology by IHOPE scholar Joseph Tainter, professor of Sustainability in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University. The chapter, titled Energy Gain and the Evolution of Organization, also explores implications for our future energy use and alternative energy sources.

To read the chapter, use the following link: https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199672691.013.31

To learn more about OSDG, visit https://www.osdg.ai/about or read their article “OSDG – Open-Source Approach to Classify Text Data by UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)“, available at https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.14569