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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: 14.9 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #547,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A GLOBE & MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2006

“Each furious chapter in Heat throws out more intellectual challenges by the page than the Canadian media does in a year. . . . Uncompromising in its message, intelligence and honesty. Parents. . . should consider it required reading.”
The Globe and Mail

Heat is funny and fully aware of its own self-delusions. . . . [Monbiot] understands that any campaign for a renewable and sustainable energy future is really a campaign against ourselves and the ways we choose to live our lives.” —Boston Globe

“The great thing about this book is that, while it contains much useful information about the cowardice and futile gesture-making of our elected politicians, it doesn't paint a completely bleak picture. . . . [Monbiot] does this all in a most winning way. For a doom-and-gloom merchant (which he isn't unless you have vested interests), he has quite a perky sense of humour. This is more than just a pleasant stylistic filigree. It shows that he can sympathise with the ordinary human reaction.” —The Guardian

Heat is a well-written and well-argued attack on pernicious corporations, governmental spin and individual complacency and shows that the only possible solution is a drastic reduction in our consumption of carbon-intensive products and services.” —Observer

Heat is a solidly researched manifesto for change. . . . The combination of practical detail and creative thinking is immensely impressive.” — Guardian (UK)

Heat is a comprehensive and compelling examination of the measures needed to deal with this, our most pressing environmental problem.” —The Scotsman

“A cogently argued book that is easily the best of the latest climate-change crop.” —Observer (UK)

“Monbiot’s research, complete with an up-to-date forward to the Canadian edition, is thorough, footnoted and detailed. This is not just another attempt to convince you global warming is happening and leave you there. In an engaging and accessible way, Monbiot outlines what can and should be done about it.” — Edmonton Journal

“A book that anyone who thinks they know what should be done about global warming must read.”
—John Gray, in The New Statesman

“I was hooked right away. It's by far the best single source on climate change that I've read: rigorously researched, honestly argued, and very well written.”
— Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress


“With a dazzling command of science and a relentless faith in people, George Monbiot writes about social change with his eyes wide open. I never miss reading him.”
— Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

“This book is a brilliant and terrifying critique of the crisis of human-induced climate change, and the prospects of stabilizing temperatures before catastrophic runaway warming ensues. George Monbiot brushes aside our rationalizations to maintain the status quo, shallow targets and mechanisms, and the empty promises of political rhetoric and corporate PR spin, to examine the real opportunities and what has to be done to achieve up to 90 percent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by the industrialized nations.”
David Suzuki

“George Monbiot has written a stunning book.  It could easily be titled The End of Hypocrisy, because Monbiot systematically unveils the denial, deceit, and self-delusion that are our common responses to the enormous challenge of global warming. . . .  Then with a step-by-step plan grounded in the latest research he explains how we can achieve a 90 percent reduction–in our vehicles, factories, retail centres, and homes–without wrecking our standard of living. When it comes to global warming, it’s time to stop being hypocrites and get on with saving the planet, and this book shows us how.”
Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Ingenuity Gap and The Upside of Down

“Monbiot is ahead of the pack. Instead of just warning us about climate change, he lays out clearly and engagingly what we can still do to stop it. This powerful book is for anyone serious about confronting what appears to be the most urgent crisis of our time.”
Linda McQuaig, author of War, Big Oil, and the Fight for the Planet: It’s the Crude, Dude

"An engaging, lively, and sometimes fiery analysis of the possible technological and political responses to the crisis of climate change, that starts where so much of the debate remains stalled. To those who say that the requirements of the Kyoto protocol are impossible to meet, Monbiot responds not only that it is possible to hit far, far more ambitious targets, but that it is urgently imperative that we do so. And then he shows how.”
David Chernushenko, deputy leader, Green Party of Canada, and climate change critic.

“Avoiding disastrous climate change is the central challenge of our time. George Monitor addresses it with wit, verve, and rigor. He shows that all of our excuses for inaction are just that — excuses. If you care about the future of the planet, you should read Heat, and then give a copy to a friend.”
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.

Praise for George Monbiot’s work:

“George Monbiot knows not only that things ought to change, but also that they can change. . . . At last, the global movement has found a vision as expansive and planet-wide as that of the American neoconservatives.”
Independent on Sunday

“As he well says, if we do not like his ideas, then think of better ones. He believes that leaving things as they are is not a serious option.”
Financial Times

“Monbiot is a writer of eloquence and passion. . . . The most astute political and ecological cartographer of his time.” —Observer

“Appealing, provocative and idealistic … shows that alternatives are possible.”
Sunday Times

“We need people like Monbiot more than ever before.”
New Scientist

“Not only challenges us to question the status quo, but also inspires us to want to change it.”
Scotsman

“The originality of this thought makes him uniquely influential.”
The Times (London)


From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

George Monbiot is one of Britain’s foremost thinkers and activists. He has been named by the Evening Standard as one of the twenty-five most influential people in Britain, and by the Independent on Sunday as one of the forty international prophets of the twenty-first century. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian, and his website, currently receives some 40,000 hits a month. In 1995 Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement.

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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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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 500 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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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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