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How to Live a Low-Carbon Life: The Individual's Guide to Stopping Climate Change Paperback – 8 Feb 2007 (Chris Goodall) ISBN-10: 1844074269

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Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (8 Feb. 2007)

Language: English


Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity: drastic reduction of carbon emissions is vital if we are to avoid a catastrophe that devastates large parts of the world. Governments and businesses have been slow to act and individuals now need to take the lead. The Earth can absorb no more than 3 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year for every person on the planet if we are to keep temperature and rainfall change within tolerable limits. Yet from cars and holiday flights to household appliances and the food on our plates, Western consumer lifestyles leave each of us responsible for over 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year - four times what the Earth can handle. Individual action is essential if we want to avoid climate chaos. How to Live a Low-Carbon Life shows how easy it is to take responsibility, providing the first comprehensive, one-stop reference guide to calculating your CO2 emissions and reducing them to a sustainable 3 tonnes a year. Biography Chris Goodall's 'Sustainability: All That Matters' isn't a conventional book about preserving the environment. It says that humankind has an ethical responsibility to all members of future generations to allow them the same high standard of living as prosperous people in rich countries have today. A sustainable planet is one in which human beings enjoy high living standards but never at the expense of the people yet unborn. The challenges of resource depletion and climate change will make sustainability hard to achieve. It is the most difficult engineering problem ever faced by mankind. Surprisingly, Goodall concludes that continued economic growth is good for building a sustainable plantet. Goodall's previous books have all brought rigorous thinking to complex issues. Backed up by robust data and clear analysis, this book provides a superb introduction to an increasingly vital topic.


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  • Quality
    Wordy, but relevant.
    Review by d. Eastwoodon 11/07/2017
    Though this book was a little difficult to get into, once started it proves to be a constant source of information for those of us who know, to quote John Seymour,"There is no them, only you and me".
  • Quality
    the best start to a low carbon lifestyle
    Review by peter shieldon 11/07/2017
    In the How to Live a low-carbon life, Chris Goodall looks at how we generate carbon in our day to day live and what is the most cost effective way to reduce our footprint.

    Therein lies the key difference between this book and the many published before arguing why we should reduce our carbon foot print, or advocating one solution over an other for ideological rather than economic reasons. Chris Goodall has a no nonsense financial analysis to his approach, what is the cheapest way to cut carbon emissions, what is practical and what is just wishful thinking?

    It will be sometime before such a clear no nonsense book needs to be re-written- although hopefully Government grants for installing energy saving and generating improvements, the price of selling energy back to the local grid, and the cost of running `green' transport will mean that the figures need to be updated.

    If you only buy one book on this subject you could do worse than buying this one
  • Quality
    Detailed home guide to helping the planet
    Review by Rolf Dobelli on 11/07/2017
    Despite the strong evidence for global warming, neither industries nor governments are changing their assumption that the world has an inexhaustible supply of inexpensive fossil fuel. Instead, individuals will make the difference, because consumer desires fuel the business cycle. In chapters that cover daily activities such as home heating, cooking, travel and use of appliances, Chris Goodall explains how you can reduce your carbon emissions from an average of 12.5 tons per year to three. Though the book sometimes bogs down in an overabundance of information, charts and formulas, we recommend it to individuals and organizations who want to learn how they can make an immediate difference.
  • Quality
    This book fills a gap
    Review by Mike Berners-lee on 11/07/2017
    This is by far the best guide to the the carbon implications of daily living that I've seen. Chris Goodall has both done his homework and presented it all in an accessible way. This book will give you a good understanding of what the biggest carbon issues are in your lifestyle, how the emissions arrise and what you can do about them. He's transparent in his analysis and about where his data comes from, so you can make up your own mind whether you agree with him at every step.