Of all human activity, the production and use of energy has some of the most profound and far-reaching implications for the environment. With the ever-mounting evidence for global warming and the implications this aspect of global change holds for the future, the need for a clean energy future looms increasingly prescient. Thoughtful contributors to the debate concerning our energy future must consider the basic thermodynamic and engineering realities of both the current and proposed technologies in addition to the environmental problems they create. Too often, treatments of the nexus between energy production, use, and environmental impact rigorously discuss energy technology but pay scant attention to the details of the environmental impacts and vice-versa. Energy and the Environment aims to provide rigor in both arenas.