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The Carbon Code: How You Can Become a Climate Change Hero Hardcover – May 21, 2017
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Brett Favaro’s timely book is a clearly written and motivational guide to what each of us can do to address climate change – now - by taking simple actions in our everyday lives. It clearly and irrefutably makes the case for urgent action, demonstrates what individuals can do now, and empowers the reader with facts and arguments to persuade others to act. Essential reading – not just for environmentalists, but for everyone.(David Miller, President and CEO, WWF Canada; former chair, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group)
About the Author
Brett Favaro is a research scientist at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He lectures widely on applying scientific approaches to creating a sustainable future for the planet.
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The author discusses this complex subject with great examples, clear, concise writing and with lots of information for those that want to reduce their carbon foot print. Unfortunately under the current administration which doesn't believe in climate change--the individual is more important than ever in reducing carbon emissions. This book gives you many examples of how to lobby your legislators to take climate change seriously and how you as an individual can reduce your use of fossil fuels. Favaro talks about the 4 R's--Reduce, Replace, Refine and Rehabilitate. These are actions all of us can take easily without drastically changing our lifestyle.
As Favaro states on p. 25: "We live on a planet that is basically a tiny spaceship. If the Earth were the size of a soccer ball, its atmosphere would extend less than a millimeter from the surface of the ball--the width of lead in a mechanical pencil. As far as we know, that thin skin sustains all life in the universe. Every breath you or any other organism on Earth draws depends on that tiny invisible skin. Everything we do stays here." Pretty scary when you think about the totality of our Earth--all the people and all the abuse it takes!
There is one point that the author makes that I think needs more discussion. I certainly agree that although natural gas is not the best replacement for coal or even oil even if it does release less CO2 when it burns. That is not the whole natural gas story.
Natural gas is composed mainly of methane, itself a potent greenhouse gas. It is 50 to 80 times worse than CO2. This means that if one percent of the methane leaks into the atmosphere, then methane is equal to coal in its greenhouse gas emissions. Studies show that a few percent of the methane leaks into the atmosphere at each step of the process: extraction, transmission, and use. The result is that natural gas is several times worse than coal in its greenhouse gas and thus climate change effect, despite the claims made by the gas industry that it is “clean.”
This book is needed now, more than ever. It is so good to have a handbook to tell exactly what to do. Most highly recommended.
Well this book is not going to make me or anyone else a "hero".
However it is going to help those who read it to have more knowledge about how they can help.
There are little things I was already doing and teaching my children as they will be here I pray long after I am gone.
This book guides me in what more I can teach not only myself to be doing more of but also them and hopefully their families when the time comes.
There are some things I now do differently and have changed some habits that I never really thought about before.
This is a book worth not just reading but passing on to others for them to read and work on what things they can change as well to help.
Would be a great one for a classroom setting and to open up conversation in the younger generation.
We are such a throw away society and we need to work on changing that along with other things habits we should work on changing.
We need to do more now so that we do not keep ruining what we have left.