How to Live a Low-Carbon Life: The Individual's Guide to Stopping Climate Change

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Routledge, 04.05.2012 - 320 Seiten
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Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity: drastic reduction of carbon emissions is vital if we are to avoid a catastrophe that devastates large parts of the world. Governments and businesses have been slow to act and individuals now need to take the lead. The Earth can absorb no more than 3 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year for every person on the planet if we are to keep temperature and rainfall change within tolerable limits. Yet from cars and holiday flights to household appliances and the food on our plates, Western consumer lifestyles leave each of us responsible for over 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year - four times what the Earth can handle. Individual action is essential if we want to avoid climate chaos. How to Live a Low-Carbon Life shows how easy it is to take responsibility, providing the first comprehensive, one-stop reference guide to calculating your CO2 emissions and reducing them to a sustainable 3 tonnes a year.
 

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1 The Extraordinary Cheapness of Fossil Fuels
11
2 The Scope for Government Action
25
3 The Inadequacy of Alternative Means of Reducing Emissions
43
4 No One Else Is Doing Much So Youd Better Do Something Yourself
57
5 How Our Lives Generate Emissions and What We Can Do about It
71
6 Home Heating
81
7 Water Heating and Cooking
115
8 Lighting
123
13 Food
229
14 Other Indirect Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
247
15 Domestic Use of Renewable Energy
255
16 Cancelling Out Emissions
275
17 Conclusions
285
Afterword
289
Sources of the Main Averages
293
Notes
297

9 Household Appliances
135
10 Car Travel
175
11 Public Transport
211
12 Air Travel
217
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
311
Index
313
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Über den Autor (2012)

Chris Goodall is chair of telecommunications software company Dynmark International, a member of the UK Competition Commission and Utilities Appeal Panel, and the Green Party s Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a former director of Which? Ltd.

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