Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning
What George Monbiot means by this is that our civilization has leveraged the awesome power of fossil energy to create a world that only a short time ago would have been nearly unimaginable. Our health, our wealth, our leisure, our freedom from ...more
Monbiot exposes the sneaky tactics (astroturfing, bribing ...more
In all parts of the book, the author offers a fair and balanced review of the current technology on hand and the political and economical structures available. Unfortunately, many of the solutions Monbiot offers is not currently being implemented, li ...more
George Monbiot's Guardian columns are always well worth reading, as was his well received and best selling book on the links between big business and the state in Britain ("Captive State"). "Heat", whose subject matter is global warming, is likewise a well written, and informative read, dealing with some of the issues thrown up by the dangers of climate change.
The book begins by summarising the state of scientific knowledge at the time of its initial publication in 2006, and ...more
The author acknowledges that much of what he proposes must be broached by the political leaders of the world through rigid policies strong leadershi ...more
The author calls for improved home insulation/heating systems, an end to air travel, more local and seasonal farming, "carbon rationing", wind power generation, more mass transport and carbon sequestration.
The final technology has been proven in limited cases (to extract oil from ...more
Heat begins by making a powerful and compelling case that climate change is a threat to be taken extrememly seriously and is caused by human-made emissions. Exacerbating the problem is what Monbiot calls the 'denial industry': an active campaign of dissuasion by certain sectors of business, wealthy classes, media an ...more
After reading on the internet a number of unsatisfactory articles about climate change, I decided to read a good book on this essential topic. I compared them basing my choice on the information I could find about the three books I’d been proposed, and on the need to verify some of my opinions: first, the opinion I had since thirty years ago that the industrial revolution has an important negative effect on climate - this lead me to easily trust those who fifteen years later sai ...more
This book is, as he points out in the introduction, a manifesto. It is a plan of action. The goal is to cut our carbon dioxide emissions by 90% by 2030. This is the "seemingly impossible" aspect, especially when you look at Canada's current situation ( ...more
For a start, read Monbiot's book. Not because Heat will answer questions, or make them simpler, but it will help frame the issues.
Actually, global warming is easy to understand - the world is getting warmer as a result ...more
Wow! This book is filled with so much awesomeness I'm having difficulty deciding how describe it.
Alright, well this is a book that promises the solution to climate-change, by the wicked George Monbiot. In a world where environmentalists are continually faced with depressing statistics and few real solutions, this seemed like an intriguing prospect, and I was not disappointed.
The things I liked most about the book are:
* The facts - The reason I found this book so useful is that Monbiot writes it...more
Monbiot writes a column for the Guardian; he's well-versed at sounding the alarm. His approach is comprehensive and well-researched. It's also a bit naïve because he often tries extrapolate wha ...more
He makes a compelling case that that we should all demand that our economic system be issued new rules. Like NHL hockey players, no one (country/individual/business) wants to be the *first* to put on the helmet, yet we all ...more
I like Al Gore's documentary ('An inconvenient Truth') better. Unless you're a real and proactive global warming fighter, these matters can get a tad tedious. Especially when extended over more than 300 pages of depressing figures and estimations.
Our only hopes not to die of ...more
Unfortunately, since so many of his specific suggestions rely on government policy and on governments "doing the right thing" for the environment, I'm not especially optimistic that his suggestions will be implement ...more