How We Can Save the Planet: Preventing Global Climate Catastrophe

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Macmillan, Mar 4, 2008 - Nature - 322 pages
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An outstanding overview on global warming---and what we can do about it---from a distinguished world-class authority
Climate change is the single biggest problem that humankind has ever had to face, as we continue with lifestyles that are way beyond the planet's limits. Here Mayer Hillman explains the real issues: what role technology can play, how you and your community can make changes, and why governments must act now to protect our planet for later generations. This book takes us out of the problem and into the solution of our global crisis. Mayer Hillman is Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Policy Studies Institute in London. He is one of the first proponents of personal carbon rationing as the way for the world's population to prevent serious damage from climate change.
Tina Fawcett is a senior researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.
Sudhir Chella Rajan is a professor of humanities and social sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and a Senior Associate at the Tellus Institute in Boston. Climate change is a problem that humankind faces on a global scale, unlike any challenge or conflict before. The world's most powerful nations have the most impact on climate, but they also have the most influence when it comes to policy changes that could stop the damage. Mayer Hillman explains the real issues: what role technology can play, how individuals and communities can make changes, and why governments must act now to protect the planet for later generations. This book gives an objective, yet ardent explanation of the problem and turns the reader's focus toward a solution of this global crisis. If anyone knows a better way to save the planet from runaway global warming, they should speak up.--Fred Pearce, author of When the Rivers Run Dry
A clear-eyed and well-documented overview of global warming, and an optimistic but practical plan for avoiding the worst of the damage . . . a comprehensive, concise, and beautifully organized overview of an undeniably important issue. A must-read for anyone even slightly concerned about our future on this planet.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Problem
9
Beyond the Planets Limits Climate Change Why How and What Next?
11
As If Theres No Tomorrow Energy Use Past Present and Future
37
Eyes Wide Shut The Response of the General Public
72
Current Strategies
87
Wishful Thinking The Role of Technology
89
Fiddling While Rome Burns What Government Is Doing to Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependence
126
The Blueprint for Survival Contraction and Convergence
177
Fair Shares for All Personal Carbon Allowances
194
Carbon Watchers How to Live Within the Carbon Allowance
213
Conclusions Climate by Negligence or Climate by Choice
236
Postscript
245
Appendix
267
References
287
Index
305

Turning the Tanker Around International Negotiations on Climate Change
162
The Solution
175
Biographies
321
Copyright

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Mayer Hillman is Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Policy Studies Institute in London. He is one of the first proponents of personal carbon rationing as the way for the world’s population to prevent serious damage from climate change.

Tina Fawcett is a senior researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

Sudhir Chella Rajan is a professor of humanities and social sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and a Senior Associate at the Tellus Institute in Boston.

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