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There Is No Planet BLed with astonishing statistics and analysis Framed around the key fascinating uestions it offers a big picture perspective on our biggest environmental and economic challenges including energy climate change food hunger recycling biodiversity plastic pollution and antibio. There Is No Planet B is an excellent climate change call to action reference guide It is organized around a “there are no dumb uestions” structure and it offers both a lot of admirable number crunching and what often struck me as refreshingly frank answers On overpopulation for example Berners Lee notes that if people have no children but spend money they might otherwise have spent on raising kids on jet setting around the globe the planet does not win He also admirably focuses on balloon effects such as how efficiency without constraint always leads to greater demands made on the environment Although I've read my fair share of these books I still learned a lot The examination of energy for instance looks not only at our current energy needs but also projects what our energy needs might be in 2100 I don't think I'd seen a comparative analysis of the efficiency of electrified bicycles before There is No Planet B is an excellent overview the sort that is worth keeping on a handy shelf as a reference guide For readers who have already consumed a lot of this content There Is No Planet B reminded me of Monbiot’s Heat McKay's Sustainability Without the Hot Air and Paul Hawken's DrawdownA final note I've often found conservative intransigence on this subject frustrating but perhaps they correctly intuit that these ideas implicitly reveal their values have become in some ways awful But I also see why liberals so often look for moderate policies; at one point Berners Lee argues there's no reason for people to live in detached homes rather than row houses a tough sell I think The final section of this book calls for 21st century values which often recalled Rutger Bregman’s Utopia for Realists

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There Is No Planet B Read & Download ð 104 å We all know deep down that these are the 'make or break' years for humanity and the planet and that we cannot flee to another world but what can any of us really do about it There Is No Planet B has many of the answers laid out in an accessible and entertaining way and filled with astonishing sTics just to name a few Whether you are an everyday concerned citizen or a policy maker this is a handbook of what we might actually do in order to help improve the lot of humanity on this our only planet This is a practical guide student read and reference guide all in on. This is the best book about thriving through the next few decades that I have yet encountered I have been boring and frightening my friends and neighbors for 30 years now raving about the coming climate apocalypse and scolding them for their energy wastefulness and finally I have been given permissionMike Berners Lee uses a A format to approach the incredibly broad front of the problem not just global warming but ocean acidification sea level rise social injustice uneual distribution of wealth misappropriation of resources all of which many activists are beginning to recognize as interlinked and mutually reinforcing He strongly asserts that we cannot hope to solve them individually and one at a time Writing about the need to leave fossil fuels in the ground and reverse the trend for ever energy use he writes Humanity is going to have to raise its game it if wants to take deliberate control over the amount of energy it usesWhat excites me about this book is his practical approach after carefully identifying each challenge many of which I had never identified he sets out practical suggestions about what we can do often separated into sectors what government can do what manufacturers and communities can do what we can do individually Since I am reading books like this to bolster my own understand and add newer and better strategies to my collection of convincing material this alone makes this book stand out I appreciate Mike's gentle approach Due in part I am sure to his work in industry helping corporations get their own goals aligned with the needs of the planet in the 21st century his suggestions while ambitious and demanding are within our reach leading of course to my perennial uestion Since so many of us see what's coming why in the world can't we suck it up and do something constructive On a bad day my answer Extinction is a good idea Mike's book reminds me that we don't have to keep having and bad daysThis book took awhile to read It's generously seasoned with interesting thought provoking charts and graphs some of which I puzzled and wondered over for minutes at a time Like other books of this genre I seasoned my reading with escapism a little Montalbano here some Robert B Parker there Unlike other books in this genre I kept coming back to it reading right through to the wonderful glossary and notes in the back This is a worthy book; if adult reading could be compulsory I would demand that every politician and policy maker from every country should be compelled to read it and there should be a uiz at the end

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We all know deep down that these are the 'make or break' years for humanity and the planet and that we cannot flee to another world but what can any of us really do about it There Is No Planet B has many of the answers laid out in an accessible and entertaining way and fil. There's a real mix of material in this environmental guide from Mike Berners Lee let's get this out of the way brother of the better known Tim Some of it presents scientific information in a superb fashion really getting the point across while other parts feel like a personal blog post Bill McKibben the American environmentalist uoted on the cover is certainly correct in describing this as a 'compendium' though when he calls the book 'massively entertaining' my immediate thought was 'Bill you need to get out 'What Berners Lee sets out to do is to give us a personalised picture of where we as the human species are environmentally obviously climate change is the biggest factor here but he covers much of the environmental gamut from feeding the world to environmental economics to sourcing energy and the bête noir du jour thanks in no small part to David Attenborough of the dreaded plasticFor me the bit that works superbly well is the first section where Berners Lee deals with food and specifically whether it's feasible to feed the world He does this using a brilliant approach of taking a fairly generous daily energy reuirement for a human being of 2350 calories I sort of wish he'd used joules but I understand why the calories and breaking down the energy per head this is the really clever bit of crops grown human edible and pasture 5940 and 3810 respectively then following through where these calories go The result is segments of energy breaking off to go to wastage feeding animals biofuels and so on trimming down through distribution losses and waste in the homeThis approach is so wonderful as it gives a clear picture of what's going where and how it would be easy to increase the available food energy As Berners Lee points out there's two bits of good news here We already have than enough to feed the current world population though it's only an extra 180 calories on that average and if some of those places where energy is lost could be fixed it should be perfectly possible to cope with the predicted peak human population Relatively easy examples are cutting down the amount of meat eaten no need to go completely vegetarian he emphasises and cutting down on waste The only thing I could take issue with is the assertion that tofu is delicious I eat uite a lot of vegetarian food and it really isn't Where the book falls down a bit though is that it doesn't then follow through with the much harder problem of how you get the surplus food to the right places at the right pricesBerners Lee is also strong on climate change with a few oddities which I'll come back to in a moment But some of the other sections feel poorly addressed for example when he claims 'Euality in the UK has plummeted' while showing us a graph where it goes from 43% in 2000 to 39% in 2016 that's not my definition of plummeting And his odd assessment of how companies should operate which could only have come from an academic The biggest problem with some of the rest of the material is that he makes regularly use of mean average values which worked for world food but in many applications are meaningless when it comes down to what a particular person or country needs to do We need to know about both the median which he only deploys in income ineuality and the shape of the distribution to understand what's going onThe result of this generalisation is that sometimes his statements don't fit well with reality For example when talking about farming he says 'for the past couple of centuries we have been looking to minimise the number of people working on the land This is crazy given the abundance of person power' How this read entirely depends on who 'we' is Yes this might be true of the global average but it clearly isn't the case in say the UK You can't always apply averages to a specific area or individual it just doesn't work The problems Berners Lee is addressing are global but you don't understand statistics by taking global averages It has to be dealt with where it's happening and each country has varying levels of different problemsPerhaps the worst thing for me apart from a short excruciating section on spirituality was the way he dances around some realities to make them fit with what appear to be personal preferences This comes across most strongly when it comes to his defence of flying which he says we should cut down but then describes how video conferencing with 'some people in Silicon Valley' which should reduce flying actually led to 'six trips across the Atlantic to do some work for them' yet if he had stuck to his guns he could have insisted on doing that work remotelyvia video link and as a result underlined his message rather than giving them and us an example of 'do as I say not as I do'Although it's only in a kind of appendix I was also puzzled by his assertion that we suffer from 'optimism bias' having a tendency towards thinking that things are better than they are He clearly hasn't read Hans Rosling's Factfulness which makes it very clear from data rather than plucked out of the air assertion that we actually have pessimism bias and think things are far worse than they really areOverall my main criticism is that the book is light on solutions which mostly seem to be along the lines of 'we ought to be considerate of others and think of the world not just our own needs' He gives no idea of how this is going to happen in countries with corrupt regimes dominated by intolerant religions or with tribal tensions leading to war He’s absolutely right solutions need a global approach but it won't happen because nice people in the tiny UK want it and there’s very little evidence in many countries of this kind of thinkingEven so this is a challenging and interesting book that I hope will make many people give consideration to environmental issues I wish there had been of the sort of data driven brilliance that there was in that first section throughout but it is all worthy of consideration and should be widely read if only to make the reader really think about the essential issues facing humanity It's also great to see a university press finally realising that to reach a wide market you have to price books affordably