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Summary

A Nature Book of the Week.

What can we really do about the climate emergency?          

The inconvenient truth is that we are causing the climate crisis with our carbon-intensive lifestyles and that fixing - or even just slowing - it will affect all of us. But it can be done.

In Net Zero the economist Professor Dieter Helm addresses the action we would all need to take, whether personal, local, national or global, if we really wanted to stop causing climate change.

Net Zero is Professor Dieter Helm’s measured, balanced view of how we stop causing climate change by adopting a net-zero strategy of reducing carbon emissions and increasing carbon absorption. It is a rational look at why the past 30 years' efforts have failed and why and how the next 30 years can succeed. It is a vital book for anyone who hears the clamour of Extinction Rebellion and other ecological activists but wonders what they can actually do.

©2020 Dieter Helm (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"You should read it." (Julian Glover, Evening Standard)

"The reasons I enjoyed this book are fivefold and I think they are reasons that many readers of this blog would enjoy it too. This book is very clearly written, on an important subject, by someone who knows their stuff, by someone who is a friend of the natural environment and, perhaps most importantly, it challenges my own starting point on this subject." (Mark Avery)

"Dieter Helm is one of Britain's foremost experts on energy economics and he has written a terrific book on the next agenda item once the Covid emergency has passed. It is also an angry book.... A fine overview of our climate policy failures and the options for doing better." (Sunday Independent)

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Shocking!

More of an economic rant than the impartial view advertised. Repeating constantly the 'personal carbon allowance' pushing blame on the consumer for allowing the free market to pollute so heavy. had to stop when he started with the pain idea of the wrong, misguided or evil scientists. 'don't forget the evil DEET they produced'. In short it's just a rant about government borrowing, low personal savings, the failure of big government and the blame culture of poor big businesses all under the guise of environmental science.

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Everyone should be made to read/listen to this book

Great listen, important overview of the current climate crisis. Should be made compulsory for all

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Concise, well argued and convincing

Professor Helm has been studying the energy sector and climate impact for many years. There are many books on climate change and the available policy options. I am very glad to have read this one. Concise, well argued and convincing.

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very interesting carbon tax

very interesting. strong proponent of global carbon price & associated regulations to fix the impending climate disaster