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Packed with provocative case reports, calculations and way of life comparisons, this unique and authoritative e-book makes the complexities of climatology comprehensible and demanding situations readers to reconsider their notions of 'doing their bit'. The paperback version incorporates a new preface from Mark Lynas, writer of excessive Tide: information From a Warming World

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As we saw with the Carbones, for most of us it centres on our behaviour at home and our burning of fossil fuels to get around (Figure 3). Topping the lifestyle chart at close to half of all our greenhouse gas emissions is transport. The chief culprit here is the car: all those gas-guzzling saloons, people carriers and fourwheel drives make up a major part of the climate burden for the average developed-world family. Indeed, for those of us with big cars our love of driving can constitute well over half of all our contribution to global warming.

This morning John was listening to another radio report of the flooding and damage along the south coast and caught himself angrily blaming the huge four-wheel drive in front. The only time he feels smug about driving now is when he sees one of the ever-growing number of ex-military personnel carriers belching exhaust fumes around town. John Carbone used to like going to the gas station. Though the bill for filling the tank stung a bit, it was always a joy to walk back to his big car after paying.

The threats facing the Carbones and their neighbours in the south-eastern USA will be echoed around the world. For some, things will be much worse, for others, not as bad. The precise impacts of global warming are often hard to predict because the world’s climate system is so complicated. One effect may cause another, resulting in a cascade of problems. Some effects may cancel out others. The global evapo-transpiration cycle is expected to speed up. This means that generally it will rain more, but water will evaporate faster – leaving soils drier during critical parts of the growing season and potentially causing widespread crop loss and famine.

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