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Climate Change Begins At Home

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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...

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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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"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

"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 tons."—BBC Focus Magazine
"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
"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
"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

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230007543
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (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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