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We know that climate change is happening. We know it could, if the worst predictions come true, destroy the conditions which make human life possible. Only one question is now worth asking: can it be stopped?
In HEAT, George Monbiot shows that it can.
It now seems certain that we need a 90% cut in our emissions by 2030 to prevent runaway climate change from taking place. For the first time, this book explains how the cut could be achieved without bringing the civilization we know to an end.
Combining his unique knowledge of political campaigning and environmental science, Monbiot analyses the potential of energy efficiency, renewable resources, carbon burial, nuclear power and new transport and building systems to discover what works, what doesn't, what costs the least and what needs to be done to make change happen. Is individual abstinence futile when others are lighting their houses with a million lightbulbs every Christmas? How much can be done when the climate change deniers are so vocal? He is not afraid to attack anyone - friend or foe - whose claims are false or whose figures have been fudged. His original, sometimes shocking plan shows that we can reconcile our demands for comfort and security with the survival of the planet. HEAT also contains a new and astonishing exposure of the climate change denial industry, showing that identifying the real culprits is not as simple as we might think.
Rigorous, passionate and totally surprising, this book could change the world.