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The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming


This is a terrific labor. Nowhere will readers find a more exhaustive, yet accessible, treatment of the climate challenge. The Climate Challenge is a terrific resource for anyone interested in understanding the preeminent issue of our time. Guy Dauncey's skills as an educator are on full display in this masterful work! -- Gary Gardner, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute

A lot has been written about climate change over the last few years, but this is a real cracker. Hugely ...

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This is a terrific labor. Nowhere will readers find a more exhaustive, yet accessible, treatment of the climate challenge. The Climate Challenge is a terrific resource for anyone interested in understanding the preeminent issue of our time. Guy Dauncey's skills as an educator are on full display in this masterful work! -- Gary Gardner, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute

A lot has been written about climate change over the last few years, but this is a real cracker. Hugely informative, hard-hitting and very upbeat about the solutions. Get your head around The Climate Challenge, and I think you’ll find there’s only one answer to Guy Dauncey’s own question (‘do we believe in our ability to create a green, sustainable future?’), and that’s ‘yes!’-- Sir Jonathon Porritt, past Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission

If you are wondering what to do about climate change, here is the answer. The Climate Challenge is not only interesting and informative, it is also exciting.  –Lester R. Brown, author of Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

What an amazingly (insanely!) comprehensive and useful book. Guy Dauncey gets it. He understands all the individual things we must do, but also why they won't work unless we also commit to working together and building a movement. This is a joyous, hope-filled manual for facing the greatest crisis humanity has ever encountered. It's going to do a lot of good!
- Bill McKibben,

A wonderfully clear guide to simplify the issues of global warming and climate change so that anyone can get involved, doing what they can where they are. Dauncey’s 101 solutions – which people can take at every level from personal to global – provide both the needed information and the inspiration. -- Hazel Henderson, President of Ethical Markets Media, and author of Ethical Markets: Growing The Green Economy

The Climate Challenge is the handbook for the increasing number of people worldwide who understand the stakes: unchecked, global warming threatens a swing in global temperatures of ice age magnitude, only in the opposite direction, within the lifetime of today’s young people. Guy Dauncey provides meaningful, effective solutions at the personal, professional and business level. But he also makes it clear that only if local action builds quickly to serious and sustained national political engagement can we really change the future. - Eban Goodstein, Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy, New York    

Very timely and persuasive. The Climate Challenge is an essential owner’s manual for our planet. Guy Dauncey’s clear-eyed presentation of the problem is followed by practical solutions that empower each of us to take action now - - and if we follow his advice, we will meet the challenge and win. - Terry Tamminen, New America Foundation, former Secretary of California EPA

Guy Dauncey has created something unique in the current literature by blending (i) a highly readable narrative on global warming, (ii) a rich picture book on climate solutions, and (iii) an up-to-date digest of the relevant heaps of climate change information that have steadily grown into electronic Himalayas. If you wish to grasp the mind-boggling complexity of the climate challenge, read this book. -- John Shellnhuber, Chief Sustainability Scientist for the German Government and, Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The Climate Challenge is an informative, yet hopeful look at the climate crisis. Based on the latest science, the book includes a wealth of practical steps for citizens, industries, and governments to help avert catastrophic climate change as well other detrimental environmental impacts. -- Rhett A. Butler, founder of

This book is marvelous! Guy Dauncey’s new book is an elegant, insightful and comprehensive examination of the dominant global challenge we face. This attractive work belongs on the desk of every investor, entrepreneur, citizen and policy maker.
-- Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School

To employ the book's own martial metaphors, Dauncey writes that we are all soldiers of circumstance placed on the front line of the great battle of our time: the fight against the forces of climate change.  The Climate Challenge does more than orient the reader and set out the tactics; Dauncey rallies the troops for the struggle ahead by instilling a vision of the better future that will c

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The solutions he puts forth are visionary, do-able and often based on initiatives already underway and proven, although sometimes small scale and scattered around the world. With a wealth of information provided in short, easily digested chunks, and lots of references for further investigation, this book is a valuable tool for any individual, school or community group wanting to get started on effective ways to contribute to a growing wave of climate change action. - Canadian Teacher Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865715899
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: The Solutions Series Series , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy Dauncey is an author, speaker and sustainability consultant. He co-chairs Prevent Cancer Now and is President of the BC Sustainable Energy Association. The founder of the Solutions Project, he coauthored Stormy Weather, Enough Blood Shed, Cancer and Building an Ark.
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Table of Contents

Preface x

Acknowledgments xi

Dedication xii

Part 1 The Challenge

The Challenge 2

A Gift from the Past 4

Our Story 6

Earth's Miraculous Atmosphere 8

The Greenhouse Gases 10

Methane - The Forgotten Gas 12

Black Carbon 14

Greenhouse Gases Chart 16

The First and Second Alarm Bells 18

The Third and Fourth Alarm Bells 20

The Fifth Alarm Bell 22

Six Degrees of Danger 24

How to Talk to a Climate Denier 26

The Crucial Data 28

What Targets Should We Adopt? 30

What Then Must We Do? 32

Faith in Earth's Future 34

Is the Oil Running Out? 36

Energy Security 38

Earth's Future Buildings 40

Earth's Future Transport 42

Those Pesky Energy Data 44

Earth's Future Electricity 46

Earth's Future Water Power 48

Renewable Energy - The Small Print 50

Earth's Future Bioenergy 52

Earth's Future Wastes 54

Nuclear - Hope or Hype? 56

Hydrogen - Hope or Hype? 58

Clean Coal - Hope or Hype? 60

Earth's Future Farms 62

Earth's Future Forests 64

Earth's Future Atmosphere 66

Earth's Future Economy 68

Pathways to a Climate-Friendly Future 70

The Climate Solutions Dividend 72

Getting Serious 74

Part 2 The Solutions

Ten Solutions for Individuals

1 Calculate Your Carbon Footprint 78

2 Change the Way You Eat 80

3 WaJce Up to Green Eectricity 82

4 Keep it Warm, Keep it Cool 84

5 Heat Your Home Without Carbon 86

6 Change the Way You Travel 88

7 Drive a Greener Car 90

8 Take a Climate-Friendly Vacation 92

9 Change Your Consumer Habits 94

10 Become a Climate Champion 96

Ten Solutions for Champions

11 Solutions for Friends, Family and Neighbors 98

12 Solutions for Schools 100

13 Solutions for Higher Education 102

14 Solutionsfor Faith Communities 104

15 Solutions for Artists, Musicians, Comedians and Athletes 106

16 Start a Climate Action Group 108

17 Take the Initiative 110

18 Become Political 112

19 Build a Nation-wide Movement 114

20 Build a Global Movement 116

Ten Solutions for Communities

21 Accept the Challenge 118

22 Engage the Community 120

23 Reduce Your Corporate Emissions 122

24 Encourage Green Mobility 124

25 Encourage More Walking, Cycling, and Transit 126

26 Become a City of Green Buildings 128

27 Go for Green Energy 130

28 Worship Your Wastes 132

29 Grow More Food, Plant More Trees 134

30 Plan Ahead for a Green, Stormy Future 136

Ten Solutions for Businesses

31 Join the Challenge 138

32 Four Solutions for Every Business 140

33 Solutions for the Financial Sector 142

34 Solutions for Retail Stores 144

35 Solutions for Architects, Builders and Developers 146

36 Solutions for the Cement Industry 148

37 Solutions for Industry and Manufacturing 150

38 Solutions for Forest Companies 152

39 Solutions for the Media 154

40 Form New Partnerships 156

Five Solutions for Farmers

41 Become a Carbon Farmer 158

42 Become an Organic Farmer 160

43 Become a Green Rancher 162

44 Become an Energy Farmer 164

45 Keep on Farming! 166

Five Solutions for Transportation

46 Solutions for the Auto Industry 168

47 Solutions for Trucking 170

48 Solutions for Rattways 172

49 Solutions for Shipping and Ports 174

50 Solutions for Aviation 176

Ten Solutions for Energy Companies

51 Invest in the New Apollo Program 178

52 Maximize Energy Efficiency 180

53 Develop the Best Low-Income Programs 182

54 Invest in Wind Energy 184

55 Invest in Solar Thermal and Geothermal Power 186

56 Invest in Solar Energy 188

57 Leam from Austin, Texas 190

58 Build a Smart Grid 192

59 Solutions for the Gas Industry 194

60 Solutions for the Oil Industry 196

Twenty Five Solutions for Governments

61 Prepare for the Deluge 198

62 Plan for a Climate-Friendly World 200

63 Lead by Example 202

64 Get Everyone Engaged 204

65 Inspire People 206

66 Build a Super-Efficient Nation 208

67 Make All Your Buildings Zero Carbon 210

68 Make All Your Cities Green 212

69 Plan for 100% Renewable Electricity 214

70 Build a Supergrid 216

71 Phase Out All Fossil Fuels 218

72 Stop the Methane Emissions 220

73 Reduce the Impact of Food and Farming 222

74 Capture Carbon from the Atmosphere 224

75 Develop a Sustainable Transportation Strategy 226

76 Develop a Sustainable Vehicles Strategy 228

77 Develop a Sustainable Bioenergy Strategy 230

78 Put a Price on Carbon 232

79 Introduce Cap and Trade for Industry 234

80 Launch a Green New Deal 236

81 Invest in the Climate-Friendly Future 238

82 Build a Zero-Waste Economy 240

83 Build a Green-Collar Economy 242

84 Ditch Neo-Classical Economics 244

85 Become a Global Player 246

Five Solutions for Developing Nations

86 Scramble! This is Serious 248

87 Build a Politics of Change 250

88 Build Ecological Cities 252

89 Build Solar Villages 254

90 Solutions for China 256

Ten Global Solutions

91 Restore a Climate-Friendly World 258

92 Forge a New Global Treaty 260

93 Adopt Climate Solutions Treaties 262

94 Establish a Global Climate Fund 264

95 Protect the World's Forests and Grasslands 266

96 Slow Global Population Growth 268

97 Phase out the F-Gases 270

98 Decarbonize Global Financing 272

99 Adopt Natural Capitalism 274

100 Build A Global Movement 276

One Solution for All of Us

101 Don't Sit This One Out 278

Notes 280

Index 302

About the Author 307

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