How to Live a Low-carbon Life: The Individual's Guide to Stopping Climate Change

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Earthscan, 2007 - Architecture - 319 pages
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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.
  

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How to Live a Low Carbon Life provides a comprehensive, one-stop reference guide to calculating individual carbon emissions and it lays out clear plans for how individuals can reduce their emissions. Covering all aspects of modern life from transport to home heating to where our food comes from to the vexing issue of holiday travel, the book provides easy-to-use tables for conducting a personal lifestyle`carbon auditż. This thorough and wide-ranging handbook provides all the information needed for people and families to understand their impacts on the worldżs climate. It gives them the information to enable them to adjust lifestyles and live a responsible life 

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Contents

Getting from 12½ Tonnes to 3 Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide per Person
1
Chapter 1 The Extraordinary Cheapness of Fossil Fuels
11
Chapter 2 The Scope for Government Action
25
Chapter 3 The Inadequacy of Alternative Means of Reducing Emissions
43
Chapter 4 No One Else Is Doing Much So Youd Better Do Something Yourself
57
Chapter 5 How Our Lives Generate Emissions and What We Can Do about It
71
Chapter 6 Home Heating
81
Chapter 7 Water Heating and Cooking
115
Chapter 12 Air Travel
217
Chapter 13 Food
229
Chapter 14 Other Indirect Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
247
Chapter 15 Domestic Use of Renewable Energy
255
Chapter 16 Cancelling Out Emissions
275
Chapter 17 Conclusions
285
Afterword
289
Sources of the Main Averages
293

Chapter 8 Lighting
123
Chapter 9 Household Appliances
135
Chapter 10 Car Travel
175
Chapter 11 Public Transport
211
Notes
297
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
311
Index
313
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About the author (2007)

Chris Goodall is chair of telecommunications software company Dynmark International, a member of the UK Competition Commission and Utilities Appeal Panel, and the Green Party s Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a former director of Which? Ltd.

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