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Heat: How To Stop The Planet From Burning epub

by George Monbiot


Heat: How To Stop The Planet From Burning epub

ISBN: 0385662211

ISBN13: 978-0385662215

Author: George Monbiot

Category: Science

Subcategory: Earth Sciences

Language: English

Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (2006)

Pages: 304 pages

ePUB book: 1995 kb

FB2 book: 1411 kb

Rating: 4.4

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I can't stop talking about this book. Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning.

I can't stop talking about this book. 7 people found this helpful. Published on March 14, 2012.

In 1995, Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. He has held visiting fellowships or professorships at the universities of Oxford (environmental policy), Bristol (philosophy), Keele (politics), and East London (environmental science).

George Monbiot" " What George Monbiot means by this is that our civilization has leveraged the awesome power of. .Monbiot argues emissions must be reduced 90% by 2030 and shows how we can do it in several areas. Well written with passion and humor. Cement was a surprise.

George Monbiot" " What George Monbiot means by this is that our civilization has leveraged the awesome power of fossil energy to create a world that only a short time ago would have been nearly unimaginable. Our health, our wealth, our leisure, our freedom from tyranny and struggle, are all benefits bestowed upon us by harnessed energy of oil and coal. But the price of these gifts has been a growing environmental crisis. Our atmosphere is filling up with carbon dioxide, which is released by the burning of fossil fuels.

Monbiot is convincing and challenging at the same time; this book flat out asks the reader to either pay attention or go out and find a better examination on the issue. Precise and without fanfare, Monbiot brings a most burning problem close to every home and incites discussion and interest.

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Monbiot is a world travelling investigative journalist turned activist and author

Monbiot is a world travelling investigative journalist turned activist and author. He dedicates himself to fighting environmental destruction, inequality and "the liberatarianism which grants freedom to the powerful at the expense of the powerless. He currently writes a weekly column for the Guardian.

George Monbiot is a British journalist and author, a columnist with The Guardian newspaper, author of the 2006 book, Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. His latest piece is headlined Grand promises of Paris climate deal undermined by squalid retrenchments

George Monbiot is a British journalist and author, a columnist with The Guardian newspaper, author of the 2006 book, Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. His latest piece is headlined Grand promises of Paris climate deal undermined by squalid retrenchments. He’s joining us from London. And in San Francisco, we’re joined by Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. His book, Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal. Michael, you’ve just flown in from Paris, as we have. You were there for the final moments of this Paris Agreement.

George Monbiot, on the other hand, skims over the scientific explanation of the problem on the assumption that this . Both of these books are frightening to read

George Monbiot, on the other hand, skims over the scientific explanation of the problem on the assumption that this has already been understood and assimilated by the reader. Both of these books are frightening to read. In particular, when reading Mark Lynas’s book, several times I had to turn the book over, face downwards, look into the distance and try to calm my racing heart so that I could continue reading.

In Heat, George Monbiot shows that it ca. Monbiot is one of the best-informed people on the planet about climate change, and Heat is a comprehensive and compelling examination of the measures needed to deal with this, our most pressing environmental problem.

In Heat, George Monbiot shows that it can. For the first time, he demonstrates that we can achieve the necessary cut – a 90% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 – without bringing civilisation to an end. Combining his unique knowledge of campaigning and environmental science, he shows how we can transform our houses, our power and our transport systems. John Burnside, the Scotsman.

A dazzling command of science and a relentless faith in people."-Naomi Klein "The most powerful treatise yet on the gravity of global warming. . . . I defy you to read this book and not feel motivated to change."-The Times (London) "If you care about the future of the planet, you should read Heat, and then give a copy to a friend."-Elizabeth Kolbert Today virtually none of us ask, "Is climate change actually happening?" Only one question is worth asking, "Can it be stopped?" George Monbiot thinks it can. And with Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning, he offers us a book that just might save our world. For the first time, Heat demonstrates that we can achieve the necessary cut-a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030-without bringing civilization to an end. Though writing with a "spirit of optimism," Monbiot does not pretend it will be easy. Our response will have to be immediate, and it will have to be decisive. With dazzling intellect and ample wit, Monbiot supports his proposals with a rigorous investigation into what works, what doesn't, how much it costs, and what the problems might be. And he is not afraid to attack anyone-friend or foe-whose claims are false or whose figures have been fudged. There is no time to waste, Monbiot observes, "We are the last generation that can make this happen, and this is the last possible moment at which we can make it happen." George Monbiot is one of the world's most influential thinkers. Nelson Mandela presented Monbiot with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. He is a weekly columnist for the Guardian.
Monbiot accepts the reality of global warming and looks closely at the measures at hand we can use to prevent the worst possibilities. I am impressed with the thoroughness with which he has researched the problems for our homes, our power and transport systems and the possible solutions. He is optimistic if we make maximal effort soon but somewhat pessimistic about the political will to do so. He is convinced that we will largely have to do with technology that already exists, although often not yet developed, rather than hoping for major scientific breakthroughs because of the typically long delay in implementing new energy technology. I would urge you to read this book if you want to understand the trade offs that will be required to meet the global warming threat.

Since writing this review I have come across another very important book on energy policy -A Question of Balance: Weighing the Options on Global Warming Policies by the Yale economist, William Nordhaus. This book looks at the trade-offs of various approaches to ameliorating global warming using computer modeling to forecast the cost and results. A gradually increasing carbon tax, maximal participation by all nations and industries and support for alternative energy research come out best. The Gore approach (which is similar to Monbiot's) of stringent carbon restriction from the start ends up costing much more to reach the same results which surprised me.
Heat is an optimistic response to more pessimistic works such as Lovelock's The Revenge of Gaia which suggest we should prepare for the consequences because it is too late. Monbiot asks the hard question: what specific solutions could reduce carbon emissions by 90% by 2050 and thus save the world from the worst impacts of global warming?

He examines electricity production, transportation, housing and in some case examples, retail stores and concrete production. Relying on government reports, think tanks and other sources he discovers that it may "just" be possible, so long as a society we approach it like we did WWII, with a massive and focused effort and some sacrifices. Except for long distance travel (by air, train or ship), everything else it should be possible, says Monbiot, to reduce by 90%.

Monbiot mainly addresses England. However, England is one of the worlds best organized countries politically and economically, so anything difficult for England is going to nearly impossible for other nations - can Georgia or Belarus or Chile or China reduce carbon emissions by 90%? It is a global problem and Monbiot doesn't look beyond England and the US, thus it is difficult to see how the entire world can turn around in such a short period of time. There are big areas that Monbiot does not address, such as agriculture. He also does not look at "climate surprises" or tipping points, where a little CO2 increase by humans triggers a massive CO2 release in nature (see Fred Pearce With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change).

Monbiot is optimistic solutions are available, but I found his solutions so politically difficult to implement, and nearly impossible globally, I came away even more depressed about our prospects. However, one thing is clear, we have no choice but to try.
George Monbriot has written a great book on how to stop, or at least slow down global warming. His book does cover some of the basics on global warming, but then he goes beyond most books on the subject, and actually offers practical alternatives to reduce our energy consumption, and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Lots of great information on alternative energy and alternative ways to accomplish what we want to do, while still reducing our climate impact.
Monbiot brings clarity to not only a complex scientific discourse, but exposes the manipulators who would conceal the nature of the impending calamity in the interests of short term profits and their academic stooges who have joined in their treachery.