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There Is No Planet B

A Handbook for the Make or Break Years
Narrated by: Mike Berners-Lee
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Environment
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Summary

Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, and 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.

©2019 Mike Berners-Lee (P)2019 Mike Berners-Lee

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Captivating listen, not too terrifying

I really enjoyed this-it provided a realistic view of the situations and practical solutions for individuals, businesses and governments. I really enjoyed the food chapter, which has given me a better understanding of the impacts of various foods, air freighting and hot housing. Just bought how bad are bananas, and will use next months credit for the burning question!

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listen to this and let it change your actions

listen to this and let it change your actions please. there is much we can and should be doing now.

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Great book to give an insite.

This is a great book to give an insite into the problem of today's anthropogenic culture of convienve and comfort.
The audio book is well presented and was good to listen to.

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From brilliant to...the very opposite

Brilliant part about food (well used calories as one of the metrics for analysis). clearly the strongest part of the book. Decent accuracy af the analysis, especially for an author that is afraid to be called a realist. ...and that all that is brilliant.
Acceptable, level of issues discussed in relation to energy, transportation and technology. nothing spectacular, no major conceptual mistakes. some oversimplifications, but generally those topics are OK.
the book would be better without the whole second half at all. Market, economy finance seems to be total abstraction to the author.
Another supporter of the long time ago debunked utopian concepts of standard/citizen/base income-call whatever you want (idea when everyone gets well paid, even when not working at all) .
Ethics could be a bit personal thing, but suggesting euthanasia to make space for younger, productive people is just too much for me.
A bit childish and naive views on global politics, but I must admit that original and interesting.

Would I recommend this book?
No, unless you are one like myself that simply reads/listens to everything published in the field for the sake facing new interpretations of facts, data and phenomena about ours unsustainable 'anthroposphere'.

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  • alan
  • 11-07-19

Novel approach to climate change

An important contribution to the climate change literature with the author ‘s unique interdisciplinary approach to the topic. His discussion of the “rebound effect” was informative.