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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; Canadian First edition (Oct. 17 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385662211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385662215
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 25 2006
Format: Hardcover
With many politicians and scientists asserting that the Kyoto Protocol emissions levels cannot be met, should we abandon it for an "alternative solution". George Monbiot says that's the wrong question. The proper query is: "Have we really tried?" Monbiot thinks not and lists numerous cases of inattention, indifference and downright dishonesty in why our society continues to pour greenhouse gases into the air we breathe. However, unlike so many viewing our climate situation with alarm, Monbiot is neither a "calamity howler" nor a hand-wringing commentator waiting for somebody else to set a good example. Instead, this book is a catalogue of solutions to the problem.

None of the correctives proposed here are beyond us, either as individuals or nations. Monbiot, with admirable clarity and understanding of how to accomplish them, lines out easily implemented steps we can take and/or propose to our neighbours. After introductory comments on various "alternate" energy options, Monbiot discusses how we reached the energy consumption levels we enjoy. He deems our situation a "Faustian Pact" and heads each chapter with a quote from Christopher Marlowe's play "Doctor Faustus". Like Faust, we have made a deal, but it's with Nature, not with a devil. For Monbiot, Mephistopheles is fossil fuel and our use of it has advanced. The time for settling up on the bargain is now.

After a massive research effort, Monbiot is able to describe the problem in graphic detail and targets the means of continuing our existence. He quickly dismisses the "envirosceptics" as people who are as out of touch as those who believe in magic. There are some imposing numbers involved. The UK uses 400 terawatt hours per year. A terawatt is a one with twelve zeros trailing after it.
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By pen on Sept. 30 2012
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How to stop the planet from burning contains a massive amount of detailed imformation and analysis about ways to decrease carbon emissions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon "Giraffe Days" on Jan. 1 2007
Format: Hardcover
With HEAT, George Monbiot has moved past the obfuscating arguments being slung like mud back and forth across the globe, and faces not just the alarming truth of global warming but the seemingly impossible task of actually doing something about it.

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 (this Canadian edition includes a foreward designed to wipe the smug smiles off our faces, and effectively brings his manifesto into our own backyard).

Using the UK as his base, Monbiot focuses on high-energy users and high emission-producing industries, from ?our leaky homes? to gas, coal and nuclear plants, cars, public transport, the cement industry, heat, lighting and aviation. Before getting onto the task of fixing our situation before it gets worse, he spends a chapter on the current data and where it will lead us, and on the ?denial industry?. This chapter alone is worth your time. It is engrossing, enlightening and actually quite entertaining.

For all his sources, Monbiot does a thorough background check. This process, of following individuals and organisations from their comments all the way to who is funding them, adds a detective element to the book ? a bit like the tv show House. It also serves to add legitimacy to the people Monbiot does quote ? although he makes a point of being sceptical of anyone who is selling something.

One of the other truly great chapters in this book is on public transport.
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By Bernie Koenig TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 9 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't have too much to add to the other excellent reviews. But I do want to emphasize the importance of this book. Monbiot discusses real solutions to the problem of climate change.

These changes we all will have to make are not easy---Indeed, they will require us to make significant changes in our daily lives. But we can begin by using more transit, and by getting our politicians to invest in transit intead of just building more roads. We also have to live more densely--Urban sprawl is a real negative factor. As a city planner has said, as the price of fuel goes up, the subiurbs of today will become the slums of tomorrow.

We need to change how we build our homes and how we work. We need to think both globally and locally. And we need to think collectively and not just individually.

And we need to get our politicians and corporate leaders to stop putting money before lives.

A sobering book in that solutions are not simple,but an optimistic one in that there are solutions.
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Format: Hardcover
Although I haven't purchased a copy of this book, I have read a copy that I have borrowed from a library, and I find it very balanced and realistic. On one hand, this book's author doesn't say anything that sounds "too good to be true", and he acknowleges the fact that we will have to make sacrifices in order to save our planet, but on the other hand, he gives us reasons for hope that at least we can save our planet without having to become very poor or live very miserable or uncomfortable lives. I really like all books that offer solutions to major problems and/or better alternatives to the status quo, and more specifically, ones that are realistic and achievable, rather than "too good to be true"!
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