There are lots of ways to whittle away at our carbon totals, it’s all achievable and doesn’t mean a life of sackcloth and ashes. Mike Berners-Lee’s carbon footprint listing throws up some surprising calculations, the increased carbon footprint of baby vegetables versus their more knobbly grown-up relations, the high totals for rice, the importance of eating in season and what staggered me is the huge carbon footprint of cut flowers and the accumulated totals for an average Christmas. And that’s not to forget our last act – dying and the carbon footprint we leave as a legacy. It’s serious stuff but the author’s enthusiasm for his subject is most infectious, there is pleasure to be had in cutting down and changing our way of life, a view he most successfully conveys.
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This is the first book to work out the carbon footprint of (nearly) everything, from a cup of tea and a bottle of wine through to skiing holidays and volcano eruptions. We always hear the same old green advice...fly less, turn the thermostat down, drive a hybrid car. But what about all the other things we buy and do? Part green-lifestyle guide, part popular science book, How Bad Are Bananas? is the first book to provide the facts we need to make carbon-savvy purchases and lifestyle decisions. It also helps put things into perspective with entries for the big things (bushfires, volcanic eruptions and the Iraq war) as well as the little things (newspapers, sending a letter, a pint of beer). This book is packed full of surprises - a plastic bag has the smallest footprint of any item listed, while a block of cheese is fairly bad news for the climate - and continuously informs, delights and engages the reader.
This book attempts to fill some of the knowledge gap preventing the ecologically aware from being truly ‘green’. What is a carbon footprint and what makes it larger or smaller? What are the environmental consequences of sending an email, leaving the TV on standby, or eating a steak? Answers to these questions and many more are set out in accessible form with lots of suggestions for how the average human being can make sensible choices to reduce his or her own negative impact on the planet.
Publication date: 13/05/2010
Publisher: Green Profile an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
|Publication date:||13th May 2010|
|Publisher:||Green Profile an imprint of Profile Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, The Real World,|
|Categories:||The environment, Green lifestyle & self-sufficiency, Popular science,|
Mike Berners-Lee is the founding director of an associate company of Lancaster University which specialises in organisational responses to climate change.More About Mike Berners-Lee