Stormy Weather

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In the 60s, Silent Spring forced us to pay attention to the problem with pesticides. The 70s galvanized the nation to conserve. In the 90s our communities came together to "reduce, reuse, and recycle." And now, the first decade of the new millennium will focus our attention on our most urgent environmental challenge yet: global warming and the potential for irreversible climate change.

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Overview

In the 60s, Silent Spring forced us to pay attention to the problem with pesticides. The 70s galvanized the nation to conserve. In the 90s our communities came together to "reduce, reuse, and recycle." And now, the first decade of the new millennium will focus our attention on our most urgent environmental challenge yet: global warming and the potential for irreversible climate change.

In a clear and understandable style, Stormy Weather explains why we and the planet have reached this over-heated situation and how scientists predict "runaway" climate change will affect the Earth and our lives. The solutions to global warming revolve around 12 core methods of reducing our use of fossil fuels and filling our energy needs with solar, wind, tidal, and bio fuels. Each user-friendly solution is organized on two facing pages with a description, illustrations, quotations, resources, and a detailed "how-to" section. Solutions are grouped by social sector-Individuals; Citizen Groups; Towns and Cities; State Government; Power Utilities; Businesses; Oil, Coal & Gas Corporations; Automobile Corporations; National Governments; and Developing Nations-breaking-up these vital planet-saving tasks into manageable activities for both individuals and larger organizations.

From riding your bike to the office to developing sustainable transportation infrastructures, and from launching a tree-planting initiative in your community to negotiating a global forests protection treaty, this critical book will help anyone and everyone-on a small or grand scale-to participate in cooling our planet's troubled atmosphere.

Guy Dauncy is the publisher of the monthlyenvironmental newsletter EcoNews and the author of EarthFuture (New Society Publishers, 1999), and After the Crash (Greenprint UK, 1996). He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Patrick Mazza is a staff writer and researcher with Earth Island Institute's Climate Solutions. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865714212
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.73 (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

Foreword
Author's Preface
Introduction: Moving Toward a World Without Fossil Fuels 2
Ten Solutions for Individuals
1 Grasp the Big Picture 56
2 Travel More Sustainably 58
3 If You Must Use a Car, Switch to the Most Fuel-Efficient Model 60
4 Choose Energy Efficient Appliances 62
5 Make Your Home More Efficient 64
6 Use the Sun's Energy 66
7 Buy Green Power 68
8 Switch to a More Organic, Vegetarian Diet 70
9 Invest in Solar Funds 72
10 Live More Sustainably 74
Ten Solutions for Citizens Organizations
11 Set Up a Local Group 76
12 Set Up a Regional Group 78
13 Organize a Schools Initiative 80
14 Organize a Church Initiative 82
15 Organize a College Initiative 84
16 Organize a Car-Free Sunday 86
17 Start a Car-Share Organization 88
18 Create a Commotion 90
19 Educate Your Politicians 92
20 Link Up With Other Groups 94
Ten Solutions for Cities, Towns & Counties
21 Join the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign 96
22 Make Your City's Operations More Efficient 98
23 Buy Green Power 100
24 Make Your Whole City Efficient 102
25 Fill Your City With Greenery 104
26 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 106
27 Build a Sustainable Transportation System 108
28 Encourage Cycling and Walking 110
29 Stop Sprawl: Plan for Smart Growth 112
30 Build a Sustainable City 114
Ten Solutions for Businesses and Organizations
31 Choose to Become Carbon Neutral 116
32 Become Energy Efficient and Reduce Waste 118
33 Travel Sustainably 120
34 Reduce Your Other Emissions, and Buy Green Power 122
35 Buy Carbon Offsets 124
36 For Farms 126
37 For Forest Companies 128
38 For Architects, Builders, and Developers 130
39 For Financial Institutions 132
40 Embrace Natural Capitalism 134
Fifteen Solutions for Energy Companies
41 Set New Goals 136
42 Develop a Distributed Grid 138
43 Build Solar Capacity 140
44 Offer Wind & Renewable Energy 142
45 Encourage Residential Efficiency 144
46 Encourage Commercial & Industrial Efficiency 146
47 Set Up Community Partnerships 148
48 Close Your Coal-Fired Plants 150
49 Explore New Technologies 152
50 Oil Companies - Reduce Your Direct Emissions 154
51 Become a Solar-Hydrogen Company 156
52 Buy Offsets For Your Remaining Emissions 158
53 Bury Your Carbon Dioxide 160
54 Convert Fossil Fuels into Hydrogen 162
55 Help the World 164
Five Solutions for Auto Companies
56 Choose a Sustainable Fuel for the Future 166
57 Prioritize Fuel Efficiency 168
58 Become an Earth-Smart Company 170
59 Sell Transport, Not Just Cars 172
60 Form New Partnerships 174
Ten Solutions for States & Provinces
61 Set Clear Goals 176
62 Show Leadership 178
63 Build An Energy Democracy 180
64 Produce Cleaner and Greener Power 182
65 Build An Energy-Efficient State or Province 184
66 Build a Sustainable Transport System and Stop Sprawl 186
67 Shift Your Taxes 188
68 Capture Your Methane 190
69 Support Sustainable Farming and Forestry 192
70 Build a Green Economy 194
Ten Solutions for National Governments
71 Launch a New Apollo Project 196
72 Level the Playing Field 198
73 Introduce a Carbon Tax & Rebate 200
74 Establish an Energy Efficiency Strategy 202
75 Establish a Renewable Energy Strategy 204
76 Establish a Zero Emissions Vehicle Strategy 206
77 Establish a Sustainable Transportation Strategy 208
78 Develop Sustainable Farming 210
79 Develop Sustainable Forestry 212
80 Steer Towards Sustainability 214
Ten Solutions for Developing Nations
81 Follow the Sustainable Path 216
82 Create Solar Villages 218
83 Build Ecological Cities 220
84 Learn From Gaviotas 222
85 Maximize Your Energy Efficiency 224
86 Embrace Renewable Energy 226
87 Solutions for India 228
88 Solutions for China 230
89 Build Strong Citizen's Organizations 232
90 Demand Sustainability Adjustment Programs 234
Ten Global Solutions
91 Refresh & Renew the Kyoto Protocol 236
92 Launch a Global Green Deal 238
93 Establish a Global Climate Fund 240
94 Include Aviation 242
95 Accelerate the Phase-Out of CFCs, HCFCs & HFCs 244
96 Reform the Global Financial Institutions 246
97 Stop Global Deforestation 248
98 Build a Global Movement 250
99 Form a Global Ecological Alliance 252
100 Declare a Century of Ecological Restoration 254
101 Now, Think! 256
Notes 258
Index 267
About the Authors 271
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