How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

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Greystone Books, 2011 - Science - 256 pages
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Part green-lifestyle guide, part popular science, "How Bad Are Bananas?" is the first book to provide the information we need to make carbon-savvy purchases and informed lifestyle choices and to build carbon considerations into our everyday thinking.
The book puts our decisions into perspective with entries for the big things (the World Cup, volcanic eruptions, the Iraq war) as well as the small (email, ironing, a glass of beer). And it covers the range from birth (the carbon footprint of having a child) to death (the carbon impact of cremation).
Packed full of surprises -- a plastic bag has the smallest footprint of any item listed, while a block of cheese is bad news -- the book continuously informs, delights, and engages the reader. Solidly researched and referenced, the easily digestible figures, statistics, charts, and graphs (including a section on the carbon footprint of various foods) will encourage discussion and help people to make up their own minds about their consumer choices.

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Review: How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint Of Everything

User Review  - Laura Myers - Goodreads

This book moves from my bedside table to the kitchen. Sometimes overwhelming, always educational. For those truly interested in the carbon footprint of anything and everything, even our own mortality, this book is a remarkable reference book. Read full review

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User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

(spoiler alert: not as bad as tomatoes) This book was pretty good... All of the math seemed to add up (heh), and, though most of the numbers are given for the UK, he does discuss the US in almost ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Mike Berners-Leeis founding director of Small World Consulting, an associate company of Lancaster University (UK) specializing in organizational responses to climate change. His research, often in partnership with Lancaster University or the Crichton Carbon Centre, includes the development of leading footprint tools based on environmental input-output analysis, life cycle analysis, and hybrid methodologies.Berners-Lee's commercial client work is focused primarily on enabling realistic and credible understanding of greenhouse gas impacts for the purposes of practical decision making. Berners-Lee's clients include major supermarkets, architecture firms, and numerous small- and medium-sized businesses interested in reducing their carbon footprint, including farms, hotels, and breweries.

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