"The most powerful treatise yet on the gravity of global warming....I defy you to read this book and not feel motivated to change." -- The Times (London)
"Uncompromising in its message, intelligence, and honesty. Parents...should consider it required reading." -- The Globe & Mail
"Well-researched and worth reading for the detailed technical analysis showing just how [the country] could cut its greenhouse gas output and still enjoy the comforts of modern life." -- The Financial Times
From the Inside Flap
We know that climate change is happening.
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.