The Suicidal Planet: How to Prevent Global Climate Catastrophe

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Macmillan, 2007 M04 17 - 296 pages
An outstanding overview on global warming--and what we can do about it--from a distinguished world-class authority Climate change is the single biggest problem that humankind has ever had to face, as we continue with lifestyles that are way beyond the planet's limits. Mayer Hillman explains the real issues: what role technology can play, how you and your community can make changes, and what governments must do now to protect our planet for future generations. In The Suicidal Planet, he proposes: - A ceiling on greenhouse gas emissions by the world's governments- Global carbon rationing to reduce our individal carbon outputs to a fair and ecologically safe level- Helpful guidelines for the home, travel, and leisure- And much, much more. Featuring the very latest information on global warming completely revised to include U.S. facts and figures, The Suicidal Planet takes us out of the problem and into the solution of our international crisis.

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Contents

Beyond the Planets Limits Climate Change Why How and What Next?
11
As If Theres No Tomorrow Energy Use Past Present and Future
37
Eyes Wide Shut The Response of the General Public
72
Current Strategies
87
Wishful Thinking The Role of Technology
89
Fiddling While Rome Burns What Government Is Doing to Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependence
126
Turning the Tanker Around International Negotiations on Climate Change
162
The Solution
175
The Blueprint for Survival Contraction and Convergence
177
Fair Shares for All Personal Carbon Allowances
194
Carbon Watchers How to Live Within the Carbon Allowance
213
Conclusions Climate by Negligence or Climate by Choice
236
Appendix
245
References
265
Index
279
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Mayer Hillman is senior fellow emeritus at the Policy Studies Institute in London, where he formerly served as Environment and Quality of Life Research Program head. He completed his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh and was one of the first proponents of personal carbon rationing as the way for the world's population to prevent serious damange from climate change. Tina Fawcett is a senior researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, with a specialization in personal energy use and climate change. She recently completed her doctorate at University College London on household energy use, carbon emissions, and personal carbon allowances. Sudhir Chella Rajan is a senior fellow at the Tellus Institute in Boston, where he leads the Global Politics and Institutions Program. He obtained his doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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