By Dave Reay (auth.)

Packed with provocative case reviews, calculations and way of life comparisons, this wonderful and authoritative booklet makes the complexities of climatology comprehensible and demanding situations readers to reconsider their notions of 'doing their bit'. The paperback variation includes a new preface from Mark Lynas, writer of excessive Tide: information From a Warming World

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The threats facing the Carbones and their neighbours in the south-eastern USA will be echoed around the world. For some, things will be much worse, for others, not as bad. The precise impacts of global warming are often hard to predict because the world’s climate system is so complicated. One effect may cause another, resulting in a cascade of problems. Some effects may cancel out others. The global evapo-transpiration cycle is expected to speed up. This means that generally it will rain more, but water will evaporate faster – leaving soils drier during critical parts of the growing season and potentially causing widespread crop loss and famine.

The city crash-pad itself means an extra set of appliances and furnishings, all of which use up yet more energy in their manufacture. Through your ‘climate-friendly’ home-working, therefore, your related greenhouse gas emissions leap from 112 kg per week to about 180 kg. Other pitfalls lie in the extra energy we use at home. m. craving some human interaction and driving to the local garage for a newspaper and half a gallon of petrol. With two offices, one at work and one at home, we have all that energy used to make two desks and two PCs, two printers and two pen holders.

The 60% cut is undeniably big. If we’re going to achieve it we need meaningful action on emissions right now. The Kyoto Protocol cuts are a start, but even they are being undermined. Two of the world’s biggest emitters, the USA and Australia, have refused to sign up even to the small targets of Kyoto, while loophole exploitation by countries who have signed threatens to reduce the value of cuts set out in the Protocol even further. To recap: thousands of top-notch scientists from all over the world are warning that if we don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we, our children, and our children’s children, will almost certainly suffer dire consequences.

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