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There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years [Mīkstie vāki]

(Lancaster University)
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  • Izdošanas datums: 28-Feb-2019
  • Izdevniecība: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN-10: 1108439586
  • ISBN-13: 9781108439589
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  • Formāts: Paperback / softback, 302 pages, height x width x depth: 216x138x17 mm, weight: 380 g, Worked examples or Exercises; 2 Tables, black and white; 4 Maps; 31 Halftones, black and white; 7 Line drawings, black and white
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  • ISBN-10: 1108439586
  • ISBN-13: 9781108439589
Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics - the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? Should we frack? How can we take control of technology? Does it all come down to population? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do? Fortunately, Mike Berners-Lee has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is practical and even enjoyable. There is No Planet B maps it out in an accessible and entertaining way, filled with astonishing facts and analysis. For the first time you'll find big-picture perspective on the environmental and economic challenges of the day laid out in one place, and traced through to the underlying roots - questions of how we live and think. This book will shock you, surprise you - and then make you laugh. And you'll find practical and even inspiring ideas for what you can actually do to help humanity thrive on this - our only - planet.

Recenzijas

'... a lively and cogent assessment of what is happening to the Earth's biosphere and resources. He tells us what we can do if we want to make a difference, and tread more softly on the planet. All citizens should be grateful for this information-packed and wide-ranging primer.' Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal 'This is a massively entertaining compendium of bite-sized facts ... It's also massively important, given the current state of the planet.' Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? 'Who should read There is No Planet B? Everyone. Mike Berners-Lee has written a far-ranging and truth-telling handbook that is as readable as it is instructive.' Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker and author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History 'This clearly written and organized book is so sensible and useful that it becomes an unexpected aesthetic pleasure as well as a guide to action. No matter how much you already know, this book will help orient you to where we are now on this, the only planet we have (I can testify that Mars won't do). It would be best if everyone read it.' Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy and New York 2140 'A much-needed, critically important, straight-talking handbook for absolutely everyone on our long-suffering planet. We ignore it at our peril.' Mark Carwardine, co-author (with Douglas Adams) of Last Chance to See 'Mike has created a wonderfully abundant buffet-table of knowledge about sustainability and you can enjoy it all at one sitting or benefit from visiting for bite-size chunks. Either way, you'll come away wiser, healthier and also entertained. In our household, we noticed people couldn't resist picking up a draft copy for a quick look and dipping in for far longer than they'd expected. Mike doesn't preach, instead he shares his insights with warmth and wit, and his book could not be more timely.' David Shukman, BBC Science Editor 'I absolutely love this book. If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the scale of the global challenges we face, then read this book. There Is No Planet B is full of practical guidance, evidence-based and robust, yet completely accessible, and sets out the difference any one of us can make. In an increasingly complex and confusing world, this book stands out as a beacon of common sense, clarity and - crucially - hope.' Caroline Lucas, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion 'It asks all the searching and systemic questions I want to ask as humanity peers over a precipice ... and has a bloody good go at answering them with data, experience and integrity.' Pooran Desai, Bioregional and Oneplanet.com 'Mike Berners-Lee has a unique ability to communicate vital information on some of the world's most pressing challenges. In this highly readable book, he shows how severe our problems are, but also what we can do to reduce the threats we face.' Chris Goodall, author of Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate 'What is amazing and unique about this wonderful book is that it simultaneously addresses the practical every day questions troubling so many of us in these turbulent times while also clearing away the fog obscuring our paths into the future. And it does so in beautifully clear language. This truly is The Handbook we all need to flourish on our small planet.' Stewart Wallis, Executive Chair, The Wellbeing Economy Alliance '... it is intended as a sort of Alexa to tell you how to live in a more planet-friendly fashion ... The book is as jargon-free as possible to ensure maximum reach, while endnotes hold details for the technically minded. Amazingly, it manages to make the complexities of planet-scale economic and environmental interconnectivity fun: a platter of potential doom, served with a smiley face and sparkler ... There is no Planet B is a rallying cry for a generation worried that they will inherit a world shorn of nature's wonders and of the freedoms and opportunities we take for granted. Buying the book and adopting its key guidelines and mindset will go a long way to ensuring the planet we hand on may just be liveable.' Adrian Barnett, New Scientist 'Books about climate change usually make for grim reading. It is refreshing, then, to come across one that takes a different approach, presenting itself as a 'handbook' for how humanity can thrive in dark times ... The book is full of lists of what individuals can do to help the planet (such as eating less beef and voting for politicians who understand climate change) ... Berners-Lee's greatest contribution is that he tackles this head on, taking a panoramic approach that runs from geeky facts about energy efficiency to musings about how to create a more truthful culture ... The central question that the book addresses, though, is probably the greatest issue of our time: how can we keep living happily on this planet? As the world continues to warm, it is a question that will become ever more urgent. Berners-Lee does not have all the answers, but certainly makes a noble start.' Leslie Hook, Financial Times 'This is, both organizationally and substantively, every bit what its author claims it to be, an 'evidence-based practical guide to the make or break choices we face now'. ... All his expertise, in both subject matter and presentation, is on display in this new book ... the operational handbook on how to move forward. This book will satisfy the experts, enlighten the concerned (or merely interested), and motivate the activists.' G. T. Dempsey, Geo Lounge (www.geolounge.com) 'Fascinating, insightful, important and entertaining. We need books and thinkers like this to inspire people to act now, not only to motivate a debate. This book is full of useful insights and advice on how you and I can make a difference, every day. Climate change is no longer a distant threat, but a visible reality. With a deep and wide ranging analysis this book sparks the activist in all of us.' Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ingka Group 'Will resonate most with those who are already deeply focused on the climate system, the impact people are having on it, and our path forward.' Paul Higgins, Physics Today '... a lively and cogent assessment of what is happening to the Earth's biosphere and resources. He tells us what we can do if we want to make a difference, and tread more softly on the planet. All citizens should be grateful for this information-packed and wide-ranging primer.' Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal 'This is a massively entertaining compendium of bite-sized facts ... It's also massively important, given the current state of the planet.' Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? 'Who should read There is No Planet B? Everyone. Mike Berners-Lee has written a far-ranging and truth-telling handbook that is as readable as it is instructive.' Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker and author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History 'This clearly written and organized book is so sensible and useful that it becomes an unexpected aesthetic pleasure as well as a guide to action. No matter how much you already know, this book will help orient you to where we are now on this, the only planet we have (I can testify that Mars won't do). It would be best if everyone read it.' Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy and New York 2140 'A much-needed, critically important, straight-talking handbook for absolutely everyone on our long-suffering planet. We ignore it at our peril.' Mark Carwardine, co-author (with Douglas Adams) of Last Chance to See 'Mike has created a wonderfully abundant buffet-table of knowledge about sustainability and you can enjoy it all at one sitting or benefit from visiting for bite-size chunks. Either way, you'll come away wiser, healthier and also entertained. In our household, we noticed people couldn't resist picking up a draft copy for a quick look and dipping in for far longer than they'd expected. Mike doesn't preach, instead he shares his insights with warmth and wit, and his book could not be more timely.' David Shukman, BBC Science Editor 'I absolutely love this book. If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the scale of the global challenges we face, then read this book. There Is No Planet B is full of practical guidance, evidence-based and robust, yet completely accessible, and sets out the difference any one of us can make. In an increasingly complex and confusing world, this book stands out as a beacon of common sense, clarity and - crucially - hope.' Caroline Lucas, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion 'It asks all the searching and systemic questions I want to ask as humanity peers over a precipice ... and has a bloody good go at answering them with data, experience and integrity.' Pooran Desai, Bioregional and Oneplanet.com 'Mike Berners-Lee has a unique ability to communicate vital information on some of the world's most pressing challenges. In this highly readable book, he shows how severe our problems are, but also what we can do to reduce the threats we face.' Chris Goodall, author of Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate 'What is amazing and unique about this wonderful book is that it simultaneously addresses the practical every day questions troubling so many of us in these turbulent times while also clearing away the fog obscuring our paths into the future. And it does so in beautifully clear language. This truly is The Handbook we all need to flourish on our small planet.' Stewart Wallis, Executive Chair, The Wellbeing Economy Alliance '... it is intended as a sort of Alexa to tell you how to live in a more planet-friendly fashion ... The book is as jargon-free as possible to ensure maximum reach, while endnotes hold details for the technically minded. Amazingly, it manages to make the complexities of planet-scale economic and environmental interconnectivity fun: a platter of potential doom, served with a smiley face and sparkler ... There is no Planet B is a rallying cry for a generation worried that they will inherit a world shorn of nature's wonders and of the freedoms and opportunities we take for granted. Buying the book and adopting its key guidelines and mindset will go a long way to ensuring the planet we hand on may just be liveable.' Adrian Barnett, New Scientist 'Books about climate change usually make for grim reading. It is refreshing, then, to come across one that takes a different approach, presenting itself as a 'handbook' for how humanity can thrive in dark times ... The book is full of lists of what individuals can do to help the planet (such as eating less beef and voting for politicians who understand climate change) ... Berners-Lee's greatest contribution is that he tackles this head on, taking a panoramic approach that runs from geeky facts about energy efficiency to musings about how to create a more truthful culture ... The central question that the book addresses, though, is probably the greatest issue of our time: how can we keep living happily on this planet? As the world continues to warm, it is a question that will become ever more urgent. Berners-Lee does not have all the answers, but certainly makes a noble start.' Leslie Hook, Financial Times 'This is, both organizationally and substantively, every bit what its author claims it to be, an 'evidence-based practical guide to the make or break choices we face now'. ... All his expertise, in both subject matter and presentation, is on display in this new book ... the operational handbook on how to move forward. This book will satisfy the experts, enlighten the concerned (or merely interested), and motivate the activists.' G. T. Dempsey, Geo Lounge (www.geolounge.com) 'Fascinating, insightful, important and entertaining. We need books and thinkers like this to inspire people to act now, not only to motivate a debate. This book is full of useful insights and advice on how you and I can make a difference, every day. Climate change is no longer a distant threat, but a visible reality. With a deep and wide ranging analysis this book sparks the activist in all of us.' Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ingka Group 'Will resonate most with those who are already deeply focused on the climate system, the impact people are having on it, and our path forward.' Paul Higgins, Physics Today

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Big picture of how humanity can thrive in the twenty-first century; a book of realistic hope from a leading environmental author.
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction 1(10)
Welcome to a new era
1(2)
A handbook of everything
3(2)
When it's all so global, what can I do?
5(1)
What values underpin this book?
6(2)
What can we aim for?
8(1)
Not the last word...
9(2)
1 Food
11(40)
How much food energy do we need to eat?
12(1)
How much food do we grow worldwide?
12(1)
What happens to the food we grow?
12(3)
Given the global surplus, why are some people malnourished?
15(1)
Why don't more people explode from over-eating?
16(1)
How many calories do we get from animals?
16(1)
How much do animals help with our protein supply?
17(2)
Do we need animals for iron, zinc or vitamin A?
19(1)
How much of our antibiotics are given to animals?
20(1)
How much deforestation do soya beans cause?
21(1)
What's the carbon footprint of agriculture?
22(1)
What are the carbon footprints of different foods?
23(3)
Should I go veggie or vegan?
26(2)
What can shops do about meat and dairy habits?
28(1)
What can restaurants do?
28(1)
What can farmers and governments do?
29(1)
How could one crop save us over half a billion tonnes CO2e?
29(1)
Is local food best?
30(2)
Where does fish fit in ?
32(1)
When is a seabass not a seabass?
33(1)
How can we sustain our fish?
34(2)
What food is wasted, where and how?
36(3)
How can we cut the world's waste?
39(2)
Why don't supermarkets care more about their waste?
41(1)
When food can't be sold or eaten, what should be done with it?
42(2)
How much food goes to biofuel?
44(1)
How many farmers does the world need?
44(1)
How can new technologies help feed the world?
45(1)
How can we produce enough food for 9.7 billion of us in 2050?
46(2)
Why do we all need to know our food supply chains?
48(1)
What investments are needed into food land and sea?
48(2)
Food action summary: What can I do and what can he done?
50(1)
2 More On Climate And Environment
51(8)
What are the fourteen things that every politician needs to know about climate change?
51(2)
What are the biodiversity stats? And why do they matter?
53(1)
What is Ocean Acidification and why does it matter?
54(1)
How much plastic is there in the world?
55(2)
Is fossil fuel better burned or turned into plastic?
57(2)
3 Energy
59(40)
How much do we use?
59(1)
How has our use changed over time?
60(2)
What do we use it for?
62(1)
Where do we get it all from?
63(1)
How bad are fossil fuels?
64(2)
How much energy comes from the sun?
66(1)
Can the sun's energy he harnessed?
66(1)
How much solar power could we ever have?
67(2)
Which countries have the most sunlight?
69(1)
Which countries have the least sun per person?
70(1)
What about when the sun isn't shining?
71(2)
How useful is wind energy?
73(1)
Which countries have the most wind per person?
74(1)
Why is sun better than rain?
75(1)
Is nuclear nasty?
75(2)
Would fusion solve everything?
77(1)
Are biofuels bonkers?
78(1)
Should we frack?
79(2)
Does more renewables mean less fossil fuel?
81(1)
What is the catch with energy efficiency?
82(2)
Given the catch, what can efficiency do for us?
84(1)
Why is cleaning our electricity just the easy part of the transition from fossil fuels?
85(2)
How can we keep the fuel in the ground?
87(2)
Who has the most fossil fuel and how will they cope?
89(2)
Will we need to take carbon back out of the air?
91(2)
How much energy are we on track to use in 2100?
93(1)
Can enough energy ever be enough?
94(1)
Energy solution summary
95(2)
Energy: What can I do?
97(2)
4 Travel And Transport
99(20)
How much do we travel today?
99(1)
How much travel will we want in the future?
100(1)
How many travel miles can we get from a square meter of land?
101(3)
How can we sort out urban transport?
104(1)
Will shared transport make life better or worse?
105(1)
Should I buy an electric car?
106(1)
How urgently should I ditch my diesel?
107(2)
Could autonomous cars be a disaster? Or brilliant?
109(1)
How can we fly in the low carbon world?
110(2)
Should I fly?
112(1)
Do virtual meetings save energy and carbon?
113(1)
How bad are boats? And can they be electrified?
114(2)
E-bikes or pedals?
116(1)
When might we emigrate to another planet?
117(2)
5 Growth, Money And Metrics
119(30)
Which kinds of growth can he healthy in the Anthropocene?
120(3)
Why is GDP such an inadequate metric?
123(1)
How do our metrics need to change?
124(2)
What metrics do we need to take more note of?
126(1)
What metrics do we need to downgrade?
126(1)
Can the free market deal with Anthropocene challenges?
127(1)
Which is better, the market economy or the planned economy?
128(2)
What is trickledown and why is it dangerous?
130(1)
Why might wealth distribution matter more than ever?
131(1)
How is the world's wealth distributed?
132(1)
Why are most Americans so much poorer than most Italians?
133(2)
How has wealth distribution been changing?
135(1)
When is wealth distributed like the energy in a gas? (And when is it not?)
136(2)
How can human wealth become more like the energy in a gas?
138(2)
What should we invest in?
140(2)
How can these essential investments he funded?
142(1)
Why does the right tax make us better off?
142(3)
Do we need a carbon price?
145(2)
How expensive will carbon need to become?
147(1)
How should I spend my money?
147(2)
6 People And Work
149(9)
Does it all come down to population?
149(1)
What can I do to help with population?
150(1)
When is a `job' a good thing?
151(1)
How much of a person should come to work?
152(1)
Why would anyone work if they already had a citizen's wage?
153(2)
What are my chances of being in prison?
155(3)
7 Business And Technology
158(11)
When is it good that an organisation exists?
158(1)
How can businesses think about the world?
159(1)
How can a business think systemically?
160(4)
What is a science-based target?
164(1)
What is so special when science-based targets are applied to the supply chain?
165(1)
Do we drive technology growth, or does it drive us?
166(2)
How can we take control of technology?
168(1)
8 Values, Truth And Trust
169(16)
What is the evidence base to choose some values over others?
169(2)
What values do we need to be the new global cultural norms?
171(1)
Can we deliberately change our values?
172(1)
What makes our values change?
172(3)
Is there even such a thing as `truth' or facts'?
175(1)
Is `truth' personal?
176(1)
Why is dedication to `truth' more important than ever?
177(1)
What is a culture of truth?
177(1)
Is it possible to have a more truthful culture?
178(1)
What can I do to promote a culture of truth?
178(1)
What can journalists do to promote truth?
179(1)
What can politicians do?
180(1)
How can I work out who and what to trust?
180(2)
What are some bad reasons for placing trust?
182(1)
How can I tell whether to trust anything in this book?
183(2)
9 Conclusion: Thinking Skills For Today's World
185(15)
What new ways of thinking do we need in the twenty-first century?
185(6)
How can twenty-first century thinking skills be developed?
191(1)
Where is religion and spirituality in all this?
192(2)
What questions were missing? What answers were wrong?
194(1)
Big Picture Summary
195(3)
What Can I Do? Summary
198(2)
Appendix: Climate Change Basics
200(42)
Alphabetical Quick Tour
212(30)
Notes on Units 242(3)
Endnotes 245(32)
Index 277
Mike Berners-Lee thinks, writes, researches and consults on sustainability and responses to the challenges of the twenty-first century. He is the founder of Small World Consulting (SWC), an associate company of Lancaster University, which works with organisations from small businesses to the biggest tech giants. SWC is a leader in the field of carbon metrics, targets and actions. His previous books include How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything (2010) and The Burning Question: We Can't Burn Half the World's Oil, Coal, and Gas. So How Do We Quit? (2013, co-written with Duncan Clark). This book explores the big picture of climate change and the underlying global dynamics, asking what mix of politics, economics, psychology and technology is really required to deal with the problem. Berners-Lee is a professor in the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University, where he develops practical tools for thinking about the future, and researches the global food system and carbon metrics.