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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
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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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Great book, wish all the chapters were here!

I have enjoyed listening to this book a lot, but I wish chapter 7 of the book had been included. Instead book chapter 6 is repeated and then we move on to chapter 8 of the book. (The relevant 'chapters' of the audiobook are chapters 9 and 10.)

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Missing chapter 7?

Am I the only listener to notice that chapter 6 was repeated and chapter 7 not present? This is playing in the cloud player on 22/Fen/.2020, so it isn't a download or device issue.

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Open, honest and clear reality with climate change

I love his book 'How bad are bananas' this is the next level to make all of that clearer with more stark data to make the net steps clearer on what we need to do with climate change and not to give up, but how to focus any climate work or political agendas. A great toolkit for anyone

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straight talk

Apart from regular mention of the athropocene (academic-speak) there's nothing else but plain talk, helpful facts. Great narration by Mike - easy listen and learn.

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Lots of oooh moments....

Working in Sustainability this book was recommended to me as a must read. At this moment in time we are bang in the middle of a pandemic (COVID-19) so I’m in lockdown and times are strange on all levels. So many reflections to be made from this book and so many ooooh moments, lots learnt and lots to explore further. I would highly recommend and will be reading (listening) to this a few more times over the next few weeks. One of my favourite bits was the final ref to Well-being! Sums it all up really :-) Thanks Mike (and Emma for the recommendation)

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Eye/ear-opening!

This is a very well written book and the author did a great job narrating. I had found it difficult to gain a concise view of the environmental struggles we face as a global society until I listened to this book. Particularly eye-opening were the numbers highlighting the inefficiencies of consuming calories and macro/micro nutrients through ruminating, human-edible-food-fed animals such as cows and sheep. I have started to make a conscious effort to consume less meat as a result, mostly to help reduce the environmental impact of current practices through lower demand, but also because now I realise that alternative ways to incorporate protein etc. into my diet exist, which also happen to be more consistent with sustainable practices. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would generally like to know more about the numbers behind the environmental challenges we face and how feasible currently proposed solutions are.

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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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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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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.