Climate Change Begins at Home: Life on the Two-Way Street of Global Warming

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Overview

Climate change is one of the greatest threats that humankind faces in the twenty-first century. But while government and industry fail to act, this book argues, we could all work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60%, the level necessary to halt the current trend according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Packed with provocative case studies, calculations, and lifestyle comparisons, this entertaining and authoritative book makes the complexities of climatology tractable and challenges readers to rethink their notions of "doing their bit".

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Editorial Reviews

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"Dave Reay has done a good job of answering the question: What can I do?. You will learn everything you need to know about cutting your contribution to emissions of greenhouse gases, and some good ideas for turning climate saving into a communal activity." Times Higher Educational Survey

"Dave Reay has succeeded where so many scientists, academics and environmentalists have failed - in bringing climate change down to the level of the ordinary family. If you're not convinced about climate change, this book will change your mind. It may even change your life." — Mike Lynas author of High Tide

"It is not often that one comes upon a book on the environment that manages to be passionate, extremely well informed, and also very funny. Climate Change Begins at Home should be enough to convince anybody that they should do something about climate change and that they can do something about it, while still enjoying a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle." —The Herald

"How can David Reay be this wise, and still so funny? If you want to get to grips with your own CO2 emissions - from air- freighted grapes to the family runaround - this Edinburgh boffin has written a brilliant, incredibly motivating book. Read it and see." — Nicola Baird, Friends of the Earth

"...a wonderfully effective description of the realities of climate change, how it will effect us and our families, and what we as individuals can do about it. So go out and buy one. In fact, buy two and send one to the world leader or large company CEO of your choice."—Popular Science, UK

"Take one gas-guzzling, patio-heated, SUV-in-the-front-yard family. And change them. That is Reay's task in this excellent primer on how to cut your contribution to climate change. The average person in the rich world, he says, can cut their greenhouse gas emissions during their lifetime by a thousand tonnes. With politicians unwilling to act to save the planet, it seems that direct action is the only way."—Fred Pearce, NewScientist's environment consultant writing in BBC Focus Magazine

"A sparky journey through the connections between global climate and everyday decisions - and how to change them." —Joe Smith, Open University

"Dave Reay's book Climate Change Begins At Home was a huge inspiration to us when making our films." —Nicolas Brown, director BBC1/Discovery Channel Climate Chaos with David Attenborough

"I think it's the most important book I've ever read." —Nick Crane, presenter BBC Coast

"Brilliant work - I am a fan." —Penney Poyzer of BBC2's No Waste Like Home

"Someday your grandchildren will ask why our generation lived as if fossil fuels were problem-free. Dave Reay's book might help you answer their question." —Northern Sky News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403945785
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/21/2005
  • Series: MacSci Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Reay is a research fellow at Edinburgh University and the editor of the leading climate change website www.ghgonline.org .

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Table of Contents

West Side Story

• The Power of One

• Going Places

• Home Start

• Flying Strawberries

• In My Backyard

• Money Matters

• A Green Inheritance

• Lights Out

• Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    Garys Headline for Climate Change Begins at Home

    Climate Change Begins at Home, written by Dave Reay is an invigorating, yet mind altering novel about the impending dangers and warnings of the effects of human contribution to the climate change on planet earth. The book does make strong points and research on the sources and coming dangers of the effects of global warming like change in weather patterns, rise of deadly diseases, effect of crop cycless and livestock as well as the financial devastation it could produce across the globe, but it does fail to include the arguements that are made against the idea of a global climate change. Deay also explains way the individual can cut his or her own share of the emissions that are spewed into the atmosphere and his visions of a energy worry free world. Reay windles down the sources of contribution to global warming in our daily lives to its very core, citing causes the everyday american wouldnt reference to be harmful to the enviornment. From your everyday kitchen appliances to vegetables, Reay names it all with pinpoint precision. He lets the reader know how the everyday person effects the enviornment with theyre daily routine at home, commute, work and public places. He really gives you a good insight and deep perspective on how you can effect millions of lives through acts like the use of electricty, a nesecity in industrialzed countries. Reay also explain the life of a typical american family, the Carbones, who must live in the future during the age where climate change is hit at its worst. The author does some at times seem to stretch reality with his hellish view of the future if the human race does not put an end to thier contribution to climate change, but does keep the reader attached through anticipation throughout the novel. The idea of using science to predict how the future may turn out to attract readers, but my scare away skeptics.Let alone Reay puts every number and every reasoning through logic as well as hard research. I would recommend this book to people who are intrigued by 'An inconvienant Truth' and ones who are concerned for the enviornment. I give this book a 3 out of 5 for its well use of data and foreshadowing, but lack on others perespective and monotonious style of writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2005

    From Robin Harper MSP, in The Herald

    'It is not often that one comes upon a book on the environment that manages to be passionate, extremely well informed, and also very funny. Climate Change Begins at Home should be enough to convince anybody that they should do something about climate change and that they can do something about it, while still enjoying a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.'

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