Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living

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Island Press, Apr 3, 2013 - Nature - 336 pages
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How can each of us live Cooler Smarter? While the routine decisions that shape our days—what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work—may seem small, collectively they have a big effect on global warming. But which changes in our lifestyles might make the biggest difference to the climate? This science-based guide shows you the most effective ways to cut your own global warming emissions by twenty percent or more, and explains why your individual contribution is so vital to addressing this global problem.

Cooler Smarter is based on an in-depth, two-year study by the experts at The Union of Concerned Scientists. While other green guides suggest an array of tips, Cooler Smarter offers proven strategies to cut carbon, with chapters on transportation, home energy use, diet, personal consumption, as well as how best to influence your workplace, your community, and elected officials. The book explains how to make the biggest impact and when not to sweat the small stuff. It also turns many eco-myths on their head, like the importance of locally produced food or the superiority of all hybrid cars.

The advice in Cooler Smarter can help save you money and live healthier. But its central purpose is to empower you, through low carbon-living, to confront one of society’s greatest threats.
 

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They may be concerned scientist but they make statements of opinion that have no scientific basis. I read the author complaining about grocery stores wrapping cucumbers with plastic as a wasteful practice. Seems the research done by the EPA does not support such an opinion.
http://www.epa.gov/smm/web-academy/2015/pdfs/cotterman.pdf
The opinions in here are randomly true and false and you could get just as good advice at a social gathering of relatively well educated people. Even the most accomplished professional scientist have opinions on many topics outside their metier that are just as well formed as another dilettante.
 

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User Review  - PriscillaLong - LibraryThing

This is the best book on climate change I know of. The science is good and it presents many many actions we can take. Read full review

Contents

Making Effective Climate Choices
49
Rescuing the Future
179
Acknowledgments
247
Resources
249
Our Paths to 20 Team Member Statements about Reducing Our Own Carbon Footprints
257
An Explanation of Our Research and Analysis Methodology
263
Research Results
271
Notes
277
About the Authors
303
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The Union of Concerned Scientists is a leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

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