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There Is No Planet B
A Handbook for the Make or Break Years – Updated Edition

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  • Date Published: February 2021
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108821575

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  • Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics, pandemics - the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? How can we take control of technology? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do, as individuals? Mike Berners-Lee has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is full of hope, practical, and enjoyable. This is the big-picture perspective on the environmental and economic challenges of our day, laid out in one place, and traced through to the underlying roots - questions of how we live and think. This updated edition has new material on protests, pandemics, wildfires, investments, carbon targets and of course, on the key question: given all this, what can I do?

    • Updated edition of the bestselling environmental trade book
    • This completely updated edition brings the reader even more handy tips on how to help combat the climate emergency and other environmental problems
    • New to this edition: expanded 'What can I do?' section; Extinction Rebellion, school children marches, the role of protest; more for the business community on offsetting, carbon net zero, and investing; pandemics and COVID-19; Australian wildfires.
    • Provides the big picture on environmental issues meeting the public's yearning for perspective and clarity about what is going on
    • Offers a joined-up picture of how to improve humanity's existence on Earth: science, technology, economics, values, politics and more are all considered together, providing a coherent response that one discipline at a time can't give
    • Provides an essential guide for everyone, from the layperson to policy makers
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108821575
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 197 x 129 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    What is New in this Updated Edition? Notes on Units
    Introduction
    1. Food
    2. More on Climate and Environment
    3. Energy
    4. Travel and Transport
    5. Growth, Money and Metrics
    6. People and Work
    7. Business and Technology
    8. Values, Truth and Trust
    9. Thinking Skills for Today's World
    10. Protest
    11. Big-Picture Summary
    12. What Can I Do? Summary
    Appendix: Climate Emergency Basics
    Alphabetical Quick Tour
    Notes on Units
    Endnotes
    Index.

  • Author

    Mike Berners-Lee, Lancaster University
    Mike Berners-Lee thinks, writes, researches and consults on sustainability and responses to the challenges of the twenty-first century. He is the founder of Small World Consulting (SWC), an associate company of Lancaster University, which works with organisations from small businesses to the biggest tech giants. SWC is a leader in the field of carbon metrics, targets and actions. About his first book – How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint Of Everything – Bill Bryson wrote 'I can't remember the last time I read a book that was more fascinating, useful and enjoy – able all at the same time'. His second book (co-written with Duncan Clark) – The Burning Question: We Can't Burn Half the World's Oil, Coal, and Gas. So How Do We Quit? – explores the big picture of climate change and the underlying global dynamics, asking what mix of politics, economics, psychology and technology are really required to deal with the problem. Al Gore described it as 'Fascinating, important and highly recommended'. Mike is a professor in the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University, where he develops practical tools for thinking about the future, and researches the global food system and carbon metrics.

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