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The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills To Stop Climate Change Paperback – June 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159486781X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594867811
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,078,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook is the official companion volume to the Live Earth concerts, 24 hours of nonstop concerts broadcast from around the world on July 7, 2007. The book presents 77 essential skills for stopping climate change--and for living through it. It is a fun, compelling, and sly deconstruction of a survival guide (think Boy Scouts of America crossed with WorldChanging atop the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook) that offers equal parts tongue-in-cheek suggestions, practical advice, factual information, and bluesky dreaming of ways to save the world. Each skill is presented on a spread featuring a bright, full-color instructional illustration, a brief introduction to the skill and its core ideas, a set of instructions, spin-off ideas, and scientific and environmental facts. The book also includes a resource guide that provides useful resources for the eco-conscious reader.



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About the Author

David de Rothschild is the 28-year-old founder and creator of Sculpt the Future, an independently run initiative that aims to raise environmental awareness and action through education. He is one of the judges for the New Statesman's Edge Upstart Award and The Observer Ethical Award. David was recently voted as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum and an "Emerging Explorer" for National Geographic's class of 2007.

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75 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Walker on July 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Yes, the New York Times did just mention this book in a very good article about being cute-green versus really deep-green. And yes, it is a little scary to many of the serious 'fate-of-the-Earth' worriers that any sugar-coated tips and 'green-style' guides will set back any progress we could possibly make, but the worriers are wrong. Thick non-fiction readers and policy wonks can't solve this problem without an ever widening mass movement, good old fashioned popular demand. When it comes to our greatest challenges, ALL publicity is good publicity -- even sugar-coated fluff, even biting satire, even irony. Better a flood of books (on PAPER and shipped via carbon-churning trucks) about global warming and consumerism and treading lightly (or lighter) than the flood of other junk out there.

We have to plant a lot of seeds to grow a movement, to grow a big change. The greening of America has to reach the Wal-Mart crowd somehow, the celebrity-idol-mongering crowd, the sports fans, the working stiffs, the cynics, the TV and media sleepyheads from NPR to FOX to blathering talk radio. And so books like this, which are colorful and graphic and attractive and cute and even "fun" and tongue-in-cheek and a bit cartoonish REALLY ARE VERY MUCH NEEDED. NOW.

Not everybody is going to listen to Al Gore or Paul Hawken, much less less charismatic experts, much MUCH less read their books. Maybe some others who might not pick up a stark manual, such as the very good guide to environmental choices put out by the Union for Concerned Scientists ACTUALLY WILL pick up this book and thumb through it and get something out of it. And we need all the help we can get, so get a few extra copies and leave them on the kitchen tables of some of your not-so-green family members and friends.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Abby1957 on July 14, 2007
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I really wanted to see what this global warming, eco-friendly thing was all about. This book was very diasappointing for 3 reasons:
1) I second the earlier reviewer (and wish I had realized it myself). Why was this printed and shipped? Why not an ebook? It's not even on recycled paper.
2) The publishing is poor - It skips from Skill #10 to #31, then the #31 through #47 section is repeated twice. Skills #11 through #30 never appear. Returning it would just mean more trucking and (postage and gas for the truck included) cost more than I paid for the book. What a waste.
3) The 'meltdown' section, Skills #68 through #77, is pure sarcasm. No useful information and not even funny at that. Another waste.

All in all, of 77 Skills, 20 were missing and 10 were just sarcasm - not useful information. That's 40% of the book, not to mention the 30 pages that were repeated. It really appears this book was just thrown together. It makes it difficult to take any of the information seriously.

Very disappointing. I expected so much more.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By bookfan2004 on July 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
LOVE THIS BOOK! I'm using it at home and it's stimulated some great dinner conversations with the family. We've changed out our lightbulbs, installed a programmable thermostat, turned off the AC whenever the temperature is below 80 degrees and begun using cloth shopping bags for groceries. These are easy and the kids love to remind me to do it. We're putting in a rain barrel this weekend and started a compost pile. It was fun and easy. Great family book.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Green Reader on July 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a fine book for those who know little about the environment, or are just looking for a place to get started. It's nicely designed. It has a clear message. It won't get anybody too upset. The information seems solid.

But if you're already convinced that there is a global environmental crisis, or if you're already committed to trying to make a difference, you'd be better off looking at some of the more in depth, innovative books out there for information and inspiration.

You might look at some of the new hot eco books like Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century, Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises or An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming. There are lots more, too.

The point is that if you're already sold on the need to do something, and are ready to make that action mean something, you've already probably graduated beyond the Live Earth book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
This handbook has some earth-friendly advice on how to reduce CO2
emissions. Here are some examples:
- drive lighter cars
- pay bills online and avoid the paper
- purchase an energy star fridge
- styrofoam cups are difficult to break down ecologically
- work at home
- recycle
- upgrade the computer rather than buying new
- get a rainbarrel to trap water
- purchase locally produced fresh food rather than canned or frozen
- increase use of solar power
- research nside.org for ice flow

Overall, the acquisition is worth purchasing because of the unique
value of the information accumulated by the author. The suggestions
are practical and they make sense scientifically.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eros Faust on February 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
There is a lot of misinformation in this book, and it's frequently the type of misinformation that I see re-circulated over and over again.

Here are the Top Five Errors found in just the first 21 pages of this book:

1. "For every mile you travel, public transport uses around half the fuel of a private car." (page 13)

That is b.s. If you truthfully analyze the CO2 usage of mass transit you'll find that this analysis is wrong. Let's take NYC subways as an example.

Automobiles are a lot lighter than subway cars. If your average passenger vehicle weighs 3500 pounds, your average New York subway car weighs 23 times as much, weighing in at 80,000 pounds--and when was the last time you saw just one subway car running down a track?

Subways may be more efficient than automobiles when there is a passenger hanging from every strap, but that only happens from 7 am to 10 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm on Monday through Friday. However, NYC runs them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Finally, most subway trains run on electricity. Unless they get their electricity from nuclear power (which NYC doesn't), they are producing more CO2 per passenger mile than automobiles. Power plants are only 37% efficient and of 37% energy efficiency, another 10% is lost in distribution--bringing efficiency down to 33%.

So, subways do not use half the fuel per mile that private automobiles do. That is error #1.

2. "A single tree provides enough oxygen for two people for their entire lives." (page 13)

That is b.s. It takes about 1500 trees, or 2.5 acres of densely planted woodland to produce the amount of oxygen needed for an average American.
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