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There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years
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Mike Berners-Lee
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There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years

Mike Berners-Lee


9781108439589

Cambridge University Press


Food & society;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Global warming;
Social impact of environmental issues;
Sustainability;
Environmental monitoring


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300 pages

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Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics - the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? Should we frack? How can we take control of technology? Does it all come down to population? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do? Fortunately, Mike Berners-Lee has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is practical and even enjoyable. There is No Planet B maps it out in an accessible and entertaining way, filled with astonishing facts and analysis. For the first time you'll find big-picture perspective on the environmental and economic challenges of the day laid out in one place, and traced through to the underlying roots - questions of how we live and think. This book will shock you, surprise you - and then make you laugh. And you'll find practical and even inspiring ideas for what you can actually do to help humanity thrive on this - our only - planet.

By:   Mike Berners-Lee
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9781108439589
ISBN 10:   1108439586
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Acknowledgments; Notes on units; 1. Introduction; 2. Food; 3. More on climate and environment; 4. Energy; 5. Travel and transport; 6. Growth, money and metrics; 7. People and work; 8. Business and technology; 9. Values, truth and trust; 10. Conclusion: thinking skills for today's world; 11. Big picture summary; 12. What can I do? Summary; Appendix: climate change basics; Alphabetical quick tour; Endnotes; Index.

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. His previous books include How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything (2010) and The Burning Question: We Can't Burn Half the World's Oil, Coal, and Gas. So How Do We Quit? (2013, co-written with Duncan Clark). This book explores the big picture of climate change and the underlying global dynamics, asking what mix of politics, economics, psychology and technology is really required to deal with the problem. Berners-Lee 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.


Advance praise: 'Mike has created a wonderfully abundant buffet-table of knowledge about sustainability and you can enjoy it all at one sitting or benefit from visiting for bite-size chunks. Either way, you'll come away wiser, healthier and also entertained. In our household, we noticed people couldn't resist picking up a draft copy for a quick look and dipping in for far longer than they'd expected. Mike doesn't preach, instead he shares his insights with warmth and wit, and his book could not be more timely.' David Shukman, BBC Science Editor Advance praise: 'If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the scale of the global challenges we face, then read this book. There Is No Planet B is full of practical guidance, evidence-based and robust, yet completely accessible, and sets out the difference any one of us can make. In an increasingly complex and confusing world, this book stands out as a beacon of common sense, clarity and - crucially - hope.' Caroline Lucas, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion, UK Advance praise: 'This is a massively entertaining compendium of bite-sized facts ... It's also massively important, given the current state of the planet.' Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Advance praise: 'A much-needed, critically important, straight-talking handbook for absolutely everyone on our long-suffering planet. We ignore it at our peril.' Mark Carwardine, co-author (with Douglas Adams) of Last Chance to See Advance praise: 'Mike Berners-Lee has a unique ability to communicate vital information on some of the world's most pressing challenges. In this highly readable book, he shows how severe our problems are, but also what we can do to reduce the threats we face.' Chris Goodall, author of Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate and The Switch: How Solar, Storage and New Tech Means Cheap Power for All Advance praise: 'Mike has created a wonderfully abundant buffet-table of knowledge about sustainability and you can enjoy it all at one sitting or benefit from visiting for bite-size chunks. Either way, you'll come away wiser, healthier and also entertained. In our household, we noticed people couldn't resist picking up a draft copy for a quick look and dipping in for far longer than they'd expected. Mike doesn't preach, instead he shares his insights with warmth and wit, and his book could not be more timely.' David Shukman, BBC Science Editor Advance praise: 'If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the scale of the global challenges we face, then read this book. There Is No Planet B is full of practical guidance, evidence-based and robust, yet completely accessible, and sets out the difference any one of us can make. In an increasingly complex and confusing world, this book stands out as a beacon of common sense, clarity and - crucially - hope.' Caroline Lucas, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion, UK Advance praise: 'This is a massively entertaining compendium of bite-sized facts ... It's also massively important, given the current state of the planet.' Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Advance praise: 'A much-needed, critically important, straight-talking handbook for absolutely everyone on our long-suffering planet. We ignore it at our peril.' Mark Carwardine, co-author (with Douglas Adams) of Last Chance to See Advance praise: 'Mike Berners-Lee has a unique ability to communicate vital information on some of the world's most pressing challenges. In this highly readable book, he shows how severe our problems are, but also what we can do to reduce the threats we face.' Chris Goodall, author of Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate and The Switch: How Solar, Storage and New Tech Means Cheap Power for All

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