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The burning question

we can't burn half the world's oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?

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Written in English.

About the Edition

"The Burning Question reveals climate change to be the most urgent scientific, political and social puzzle in history. It shows that carbon emissions are still accelerating upwards, following an exponential curve that goes back centuries. Tackling global warming will mean persuading the world to abandon oil, coal and gas reserves worth many trillions of dollars. 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?"--Provided by publisher.

Table of Contents

Foreword / by Bill McKibben
Part 1. A problem of abundance. The curve
Heading for trouble fast
The trillion-tonne limit
Too much fuel in the ground
No deal on the horizon
Part 2. Squeezing a balloon. Rebounds and ripples
People, money and technology
Part 3. What's stopping us?. The write-off
The growth debate
The great global slumber
The problem of sharing
Part 4. Not just fossil fuels. The supporting cast
Food, forests and fuels
Part 5. What now?. Waking up
Capping the carbon
Pushing the right technologies : hard
Dealing with land and smoke
Making a plan B
What can I do?

Edition Notes

"The David Suzuki Foundation."

"First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Profile Books Ltd."--Title page verso.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
QH541.13 .B384 2013

The Physical Object

1 online resource (xvi, 268 pages) :
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1771640081, 1306441668, 1771640073
9781771640084, 9781306441667, 9781771640077

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