Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning

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Doubleday Canada, 19 mars 2009 - 304 sidor

George Monbiot’s Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning marks an important moment in our civilization’s thinking about global warming. The question is no longer whether climate change is actually happening. The question is what to do about it. Monbiot offers an ambitious and far-reaching program to cut our carbon dioxide emissions to the point where the environmental scales start tipping away from catastrophe. (But not before he devotes a chapter to unmasking the vested interests that have spent fortunes funding the specious science of the climate change deniers.)
 
It now seems certain that we need a 90% cut in our emissions by 2030 to prevent runaway climate change from taking place. For the first time, this book explains how the cut could be achieved without bringing industrial civilisation to an end. Combining his unique knowledge of political campaigning and environmental science, Monbiot analyses the potential of energy efficiency, renewable resources, carbon burial, nuclear power and new transport and building systems to discover what works, what doesn't, what costs the least and what needs to be done to make change happen. He is not afraid to attack anyone — friend or foe — whose claims are false or whose figures have been fudged. His original, sometimes shocking programme shows that we can reconcile our demands for comfort and security with the survival of the biosphere.
 
Rigorous, passionate and totally surprising, this book could change the world. It is possible to slow the momentum of this global crisis — if we act decisively. In this riveting, fiery book, the No Logo of the environmental movement, George Monbiot shows us how.

 

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A Faustian Pact
1
The Denial Industry
20
A Ration of Freedom
43
Our Leaky Homes
59
Keeping the Lights
79
How Much Energy
100
The Energy Internet
124
A New Transport System
142
Love Miles
170
Virtual Shopping
189
Apocalypse Postponed
204
Organizations Campaigning
216
Acknowledgements
270

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George Monbiot is one of Britain’s foremost thinkers and activists. He has been named by the Evening Standard as one of the twenty-five most influential people in Britain, and by the Independent on Sunday as one of the forty international prophets of the twenty-first century. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian, and his website, currently receives some 40,000 hits a month. In 1995 Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement.

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