How to Stop the Planet From Burning

Book - 2007
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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 Is climate change actually happening? but What do we do about it? George Monbiot offers an ambitious and far-reaching program to cut our carbon dioxide emissions to the point where the environmental scales start tipping back-away from catastrophe. Though writing with a spirit of optimism, Monbiot does not pretend it will be easy. The only way to avoid further devastation, he argues, is a 90% cut in CO2 emissions in the rich nations of the world by 2030. In other words, our response will have to be immediate, and it will have to be decisive. In every case he supports his proposals with a rigorous investigation into what works, what doesn't, how much it costs, and what the problems might be. He wages war on bad ideas as energetically as he promotes good ones. And he is not afraid to attack anyone-friend or foe-whose claims are false or whose figures have been fudged. After all, there is no time to waste. As Monbiot has said himself, we are the last generation that can make this happen, and this is the last possible moment at which we can make it happen. George Monbiot is the best-selling author of The Age of Consent and Captive State, as well as the investigative travel books Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed, and No Man's Land. In 1995, Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. He has held visiting fellowships or professorships at the universities of Oxford (environmental policy), Bristol (philosophy), Keele (politics), and East London (environmental science). Currentlyvisiting professor of planning at Oxford Brookes University, he writes a weekly column for the Guardian newspaper.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : South End Press, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780896087798
Characteristics: xix, 276 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Prescott, Matthew

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Oct 09, 2013

As of the IPCC report "Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis", the climate change / global warming deniers have zero credibility.

Feb 07, 2013

This book changed my life. I thought I had a fairly good handle on the state of our planet and climate change, but after reading this book, I realize now that I didn't have the faintest clue. This book is so thoroughly researched and the references from peer-reviewed science are so numerous and well documented that it is obvious that Mr. Monbiot really did his homework. For anyone who thinks that "An Inconvenient Truth" was impactful, this book provides so much more. More evidence, and more importantly, actual solutions to the grave problem we have created for future generations (something the movie is sorely lacking). Monbiot actually wrote a special forward, just for Canadians, because on a per capita basis, we are the worst greenhouse gas emitters (along with the US and Australia) in the world, and Monbiot believes that this does not jive with the image in which we try so hard to project about ourselves. Should be required reading for anybody before voting, consuming or jetting off to Mexico for a winter vacation.

Mar 24, 2008

This oh-so-important topic of global warming has surely never before been so thoroughly researched and comprehensively investigated as you will find in this book - because what the author writes about are actual, non-political, non-bandaid real-life solutions. And sometimes, like here, the truth hurts. But the numbers and the arguments are compelling. When will we learn?


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