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  • Tech and Climate Change

    A rather thorough examination of what first world countries can do to get to zero carbon emissions by 2050 and why they should do it. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at how things work around the world, especially the use of different energy sources. And it also explains how humans are contributing to climate change (for those who didn’t know). There were things that irritated me, though. The need for heating and cooling houses: air-conditioning and furnaces aren’t the only way. Most people I know don’t own either. We insulate our roofs to keep temperatures liveable. We open windows for fresh air and whatever cool wind will enter. And we add another blanket in the winter. We also use solar geysers to heat our water. A few simple ways to reduce carbon emission not mentioned in the book. I rolled my eyes when he said it would take an 18% increase in electricity bills for Americans to go green. Just do it already! Here in South Africa we get upwards of 17% increases for electricity every other quarter – and that’s with regular power outages. Though I enjoyed this “conversation” with an intelligent person who understands the dangers climate change holds, I’m disappointed that it was aimed at beef-eating, aircon dependent first world people who would rather enjoy today than think about tomorrow (inferred from the way he tried to have the reader think about plant-based food and alternatives to air-conditioning). Just talking about rich countries and how that affects poor countries, excluding those of us in the middle who actually also do our part, felt a bit insulting. And what about water use and its effect on the planet? It was barely mentioned before moving on to another subject. A good book if you’re looking for theory or living in any of the countries where his ideas will actually work. Not so great if you already do everything you personally can to save the planet (no driving, LED light bulbs, energy-efficient house – including solar geyser, recycling, reusing, and plant-based meals, among other things). FIY, you don’t need to be a hard-core vegan to save the planet from the effects of the meat industry: replacing the meat in a couple of your meals a week will also do the trick. The science, the personal stories and the analogies are sound. I hope it makes more people aware of climate change and the immediate effect it already has on everyone on Earth.

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  • Obrigatório

    Este livro mostra uma visão otimista de um futuro que, sem inovação e comandado pelo comodismo pode ser desastroso. De leitura obrigatória para toda a gente, pois o clima é um tema urgente que toca a todos, em que precisamos de nos manter infirmados para procurar as melhores respostas.

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  • Climate change

    Excellent reparations of human behavior which needs to drastically evolve for a better livable world This is catastrophic happening which is not taken seriously yet especially by many countries Research funding needs to be accelerated to avoid a climate disaster

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