The Burning Question by Mike Berners-Lee
We Can't Burn Half the World's Oil, Coal and Gas. So How Do We Quit?

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...The Burning Question lives up to the urgency of its title. Clearly set out, steely with the numbers but fair and humane in its assessments of human strengths and weaknesses, it is a book to reignite the debate.
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The Burning Question reveals climate change to be the most fascinating scientific, political and social puzzle in history. It shows that carbon emissions are still accelerating upwards, following an exponential curve that goes back centuries. One reason is that saving energy is like squeezing a balloon: reductions in one place lead to increases elsewhere. Another reason is that clean energy sources don't in themselves slow the rate of fossil fuel extraction.


Tackling global warming will mean persuading the world to abandon oil, coal and gas reserves worth many trillions of dollars - at least until we have the means to put carbon back in the ground. The burning question is whether that can be done. What mix of politics, psychology, economics and technology might be required? Are the energy companies massively overvalued, and how will carbon-cuts affect the global economy? Will we wake up to the threat in time? And who can do what to make it all happen?

 

About Mike Berners-Lee

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Mike Berners-Lee holds a degree in physics from the University of Oxford. He is the founding director of Small World Consulting, where he helps clients, including major supermarkets and architecture firms, reduce their carbon footprint. He lives in Lancaster, U.K.
 
Published September 21, 2013 by Greystone Books. 289 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Peter Forbes on May 31 2013

...The Burning Question lives up to the urgency of its title. Clearly set out, steely with the numbers but fair and humane in its assessments of human strengths and weaknesses, it is a book to reignite the debate.

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