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We know it could, if the worst predictions come true, destroy the conditions which make human life possible.
Only one question is now worth asking:
Can it be stopped?
George Monbiot shows it can.
For the first time, Heat demonstrates that we can achieve the necessary cut--a 90% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030--without bringing civilization to an end. Though written with a "spirit of optimism," Monbiot does not pretend it will be easy. Our response will have to be immediate, and it will have to be decisive.
With dazzling intellect and ample wit, Monbiot supports his proposals with a rigorous investigation into what works, what doesn't, how much it costs, and what the problems might be. He shows us how we can transform our houses, our power, and our transportation systems. By showing that we can save our biosphere without losing our comfort and security, he sweeps away the perpetual excuse for doing nothing: that it would be too painful and expensive to sustain life on Earth. And he is not afraid to attack anyone--friend or foe--whose claims are false or whose figures have been fudged. His exciting, disturbing ideas expose corporate disinformation campaigns, inflated expectations for emerging technologies, and the cowardice of our politicians.
Monbiot observes, "We are the last generation that can make this happen, and this is the last possible moment at which we can make it happen." There is no time to waste.
Inspiring, original, burning with fury and disgust, this book could change the world.
Monbiot brings clarity to not only a complex scientific discourse, but exposes the manipulators who would conceal the nature of the impending calamity in the interests of short... Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Frank Smith
great honest true eye opener
the whole world should read this book
when will we wake up???
addresses all the effects of global warming
a must read
Do we need yet another book on climate change, in particular, on global warming? Well it seems that indeed we do, as the message is still not getting across to enough people. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Dr. H. A. Jones
George Monbiot's Guardian columns are always well worth reading, as was his well received and best selling book on the links between big business and the state in Britain (Captive... Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by S Wood
Don't want to ruin the oceans? Go vegan.
Don't like the environmental problems of the soy industry? Go vegan.
Don't like monoculture? Go vegan. Read more
Because this writer is British and his examples and suggestions are so based, many ideas could not be extrapolated to the United States, but it was good reading in spite of that.Published on May 1, 2010 by Ib
Hardback version recommended as it burns longer, better to keep us all warm this winterPublished on January 6, 2010 by Alexander E. Paulsen
Green publicist George Monbiot claims that climate change is `the greatest danger the world now faces'. How great is the danger? Read morePublished on January 5, 2009 by William Podmore