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There Is No Planet B

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  750 ratings  ·  91 reviews
We all know deep down that these are the 'make or break' years for humanity and the planet and that we cannot flee to another world: but what can any of us really do about it? There Is No Planet B has many of the answers, laid out in an accessible and entertaining way, and filled with astonishing statistics and analysis. Framed around the key fascinating questions, it offe ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published March 8th 2019 by Cambridge University Press
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Brian Clegg
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's a real mix of material in this environmental guide from Mike Berners-Lee (let's get this out of the way: brother of the better-known Tim). Some of it presents scientific information in a superb fashion, really getting the point across, while other parts feel more like a personal blog post. Bill McKibben, the American environmentalist quoted on the cover, is certainly correct in describing this as a 'compendium', though when he calls the book 'massively entertaining', my immediate thought ...more
Andrea Belfiori
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una guida davvero completa su tante questioni legate al cambiamento climatico. Decisamente molto tecnico come libro ma tutti dovrebbero leggerlo.
The Cats’ Mother
Disappointingly, this “handbook” on the world’s most important issue, bar none, saving the planet, has left me no better educated and really quite irritated by the preachy tone and naive, going on delusional, view of humanity of the author. If these are the answers, we are doomed. I’ve always been pretty green - I reduce, reuse, recycle, spend thoughtfully, abhor waste, and worry about climate change. Like most, I could do more, and was looking for realistic ideas, but didn’t find much here.

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Mansoor
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: popular-science
کتاب ایده‌ی مهمی را مطرح می‌کند: مشکل گرمایش جهانی حلقه‌ای از زنجیره‌ی بزرگتری از مشکلات محیط زیستی پیش روی ماست؛ مانند از دست رفتن تنوع زیستی، کاهش اوزونِ استراتوسفر و فرسایش خاک. اگر ما راه ورودی به مشکل گرمایش پیدا کنیم، آن وقت می‌توانیم الگویی بسازیم برای پرداختن به چالش‌های دیگری که انسان و حیات روی زمین را تهدید می‌کنند. کتاب مسائل مهمی را مطرح می‌کند؛ مشکل اصلی اینجاست که پرداخت مسائل اغلب ناکافی و حتی ضعیف است
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How many calories do we get from a
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David Wineberg
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
What separates There is no Planet B from other climate change books is the way Mike Berners-Lee looks at the numbers. Instead of boring readers with billions of tons of various nefarious elements, chemicals, and compounds, he has transformed them into calories, something most can grasp.

The world produces 5940 calories in plant based food - per day per person. Humans need to consume 2300. So there’s lots to go round. But. 1740 go to livestock, plus another 3810 they pick up in non-crops like gras
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T.O. Munro
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fascinating book written with hope but also containing seeds of despondency for those of us who have watched recent political developments.

I will write a fuller review in due course but a few key points stand out

1) The world already produces more than enough food for its 7 billion population and, with careful management and equitable distribution could support a population of 15 billion without a problem. We have an equity issue far more than a resource issue.

2) The rebound effect means that e
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Ryan
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eco
There Is No Planet B is an excellent climate change call to action reference guide. It is organized around a “there are no dumb questions” structure, and it offers both a lot of admirable number crunching and what often struck me as refreshingly frank answers. On overpopulation, for example, Berners-Lee notes that if people have no children but spend money they might otherwise have spent on raising kids on jet setting around the globe, the planet does not win. He also admirably focuses on balloo ...more
Celia
This book will shock you, surprise you - and then make you laugh. And you'll find practical and even inspiring ideas for what you can actually do to help humanity thrive on this – our only – planet. (From the publisher book description).

I have liked this book so much, I bought both the Kindle AND the paperback. Berners-Lee is an engaging author. He writes lucidly and includes prose that is conversational in manner. He has many tables of information and he bolds important ideas. He frequently inc
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Curious Reader
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, non-fiction
Whatever the stuff in the book, its very serious and totally correct.
But the way of putting it was not up to the mark.

I understand the seriousness of the subject. Climate change...global warming. It’s something we should be thinking. The question answer pattern in the book was great. Just that I wish it was a little more interestingly written. Already some people runaway when subjects like this come and if it is written in a dull way then these idiots will keep ignoring it.
When the question ca
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Michael Hayes
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book clearly and concisely lays out the problems stemming from anthropogenic climate change, and the steps we humans should take (even though we never will, in my opinion) to mitigate its worst effects in the future. This should be read by all the world's leaders. I know that they won't read this, but they should.

Ah, well. Human civilization is fun while it lasts. Enjoy it for as long as you can.
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Sunhawk
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
This is the best book about thriving through the next few decades that I have yet encountered. I have been boring and frightening my friends and neighbors for 30 years now, raving about the coming climate apocalypse and scolding them for their energy wastefulness, and finally, I have been given permission!
Mike Berners-Lee uses a Q&A format to approach the incredibly broad front of the problem -- not just global warming, but ocean acidification, sea-level rise, social injustice, unequal distribut
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Triin
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is an interesting mixture of facts, figures, graphs and prognoses about climate change and our planet, with a bit of zen philosophy thrown in. I can see why some reviewers say that the author is naive and the stuff about 21st century thinking skills, intrinsic values and a global covenant (sorry, I do not see that happening) came across a tad soft at first. Fascinating info about the effects of climate change and renewable energy sources being unevenly spread among countries...sort of ...more
Jack Greenwood
What a fecking great title.

This book is an excercise in self-awareness. Written by a man who has done a hell of a lot of investigating into his own motivations, biases, desires and behavioural tendencies. It's a comprehensive work on what can and must be done if we are to be delivered from evil.

In attempting to dilute the barrelfuls of damning stats, Berners-Lee has divided the entire thing into 1-2 page answers to the key questions we face. This means the structure progresses from summaries, t
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Sandra
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mike Berners-Lee has written a book —There is no Planet B —about Climate Change that lays out the problems of human impact on the earth and its upcoming issues and what WE as individuals, government and businesses can do to slow down and make our impact on the earth more friendly for our children, grandchildren and beyond. This is a blueprint that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez should’ve borrowed from and turned to as a realistic plan for narrowing the industrial footprint. Not just what she thinks should be ...more
Clara
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book is really didatic and it was particularly eye-opening for me, as I didn't use to think so much about sustantability until recently. It covers many issues, from energy and food resources to society organization, and it does so with honesty and a lot of information. I found it a bit eurocentred, but I wouldn't expect it to be different from it as it is written by a white english man from the academia. However, those issues are extremely relevant and it upsets me that they're put aside in ...more
Thessa
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and needed literature in the current World. Did however miss the effect of the garment industry.
Adam Tachauer
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Easy to read and essential
Stuart Champion
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fascinating, thorough, and essential
An Te
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
An accessible and engaging take on the facts and some of the actions we can take to stem the tide on what would be the end of the world! Not an easy genre to pull off, I must say. Mike is compelling and frank throughout. Though I could see that there are many ways in which someone could swing with this evidence (exempting the climate deniers!), Mike is open about his values and his emphasis upon truth and axiological positions. I'm glad he has been and is aware that this evidence can lead to dif ...more
I Read, Therefore I Blog
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mike Berners-Lee is Professor at Lancaster University’s Institute for Social Futures and in this informative, thought-provoking but depressing book (that at times gets too caught up in the numbers and analogies), he sets out some of the facts and figures relating to climate change (which he expands to look at food supply, biodiversity and plastic use) to give the reader ideas for how to reduce the damage they do to the planet.
Emily
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: climate, politics

Mike Berners-Lee’s first book on this theme - How Bad Are Bananas? - which put the numbers into those questions what should I eat and do to reduce carbon emissions, became a best seller and is the basis of a recent BBC programme Horizon: Feast to Save the Planet. A new edition is coming out in January 2021.

This book, third in a row, pulls a lot of his quantitative work together and is more challenging.
At one level it is a useful handbook on how we need to alter what we eat and how we move about.
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Heather
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
In There Is No Planet B, Mike Berners-Lee uses chapters organized by theme and structured as sets of questions and answers (with some graphs and charts to accompany them) to explore issues related to climate change and the question of how humanity can survive/thrive/take care of our planet in our current era and beyond. The first chapter, on food, was especially interesting: I think I'd known but had forgotten how big the environmental impact of beef is compared to chicken or to vegetarian prote ...more
Jason
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off, he is very British. His voice is very clearly his own and it comes right across, and he is decidedly British.

Second, this book is short. 277 pages, and the last fifty is basically a glossary style rehash of the ideas already presented in the book, but now in alphabetical order. Yes, this is just straight up padding and I don't know how his publisher let him get away with it. And the publisher is Cambridge University press.

Third- totally an aside, but did you hear that it was 65 degr
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Joseph Spuckler
There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years by Mike Berners-Lee is a critical look at the demands on the environment made by man and humanity's growing energy demands. Berners-Lee is a leading expert in carbon footprinting. He is the director, and principal consultant at Small World Consulting and author of How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything.

Berners-Lee gives a very accurate look at the demands humanity puts on the environment and clears up several myths and
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Jodie Angold
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book with the impression it would be quite a heavy or technical read that would require a lot of concentration. I was willing to take on such a challenge, however I quickly discovered my assumptions were quite incorrect.

Whilst there is a lot of information contained in the book, it is written in an incredibly accessible order, made up of bite sized chunks. For every topic, a brief outline of the key issues is followed by a couple of striking examples and a research backed solution
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Aine
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Despite the importance of climate literacy, so many of us still find it difficult to get to grips with how to analyse and discuss the climate and climate change. Mike Berners-Lee's real contribution with "There Is No Planet B" is in providing an accessible, easy-to-follow introduction which provides a strong framework for readers.

The early chapters explaining the journey of food, calories and protein and where our energy comes from and what it goes into are very interesting. But where the book i
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Rosemarie Short
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I’ve long had an interest in both living my life in a more eco friendly way and also educating myself on the challenges our planet faces from us living on it in the way that we do. As an introduction to these challenges, There is no Planet B is a great way to start. Mike Berners-Lee writes in a relatable way to introduce the interested into topics such as energy, climate, economics business and ethical considerations. He makes a point throughout that being eco conscious about one of these points ...more
Jamie Moesser
"I think we can each have far more impact than most people assume but we need to get a lot smarter at understanding which kinds of things make a difference and which don't." This statement, made near the beginning of "There Is No Planet B," tidily encapsulates not only the reason for this book's existence, but also my feelings on so many issues and challenges of our day. Bringing the very big issue of climate change into the limited laps of everyday people, it is, in many ways, an amazing resour ...more
Carlos Martinez
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment
The first two-thirds or so of 'There Is No Planet B' is just brilliant. Sensible, science-based, humane and pragmatic answers to a series of fascinating questions. Berners-Lee's analysis of the food system is particularly good, and puts the book in the 'must-read' category.

The last few chapters get a bit too fluffy, proposing big changes to our global values system, without any serious attempt to understand what this is and why changing it is so difficult. We end up with an approach whereby we'r
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Dean
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
As so many of these books it tells us the problems and actions they want you to take but they don’t say how and don’t advise on issues of the bigger picture

I want to stop driving, flying, eating certain produce, buying technology etc but how will I feed myself and my family? How do I pay taxes and utility bills, how do I get to work .... the simple fact Is the are 7+ billion people on the planet and corporations and governments still demand money from us to exist!! That equals a dilemma in givin
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