Books

Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics – the list of concerns for humankind in the 21st century seems endless. But what is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? Should we frack? How can we take control of technology? Does it all come down to population? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do?

Fortunately, Mike Berners-Lee has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is practical and even enjoyable.

There is No Planet B maps it out in an accessible and entertaining way, filled with astonishing facts and analysis. For the first time you’ll find big-picture perspective on the environmental and economic challenges of the day laid out in one place, and traced through to the underlying roots – questions of how we live and think. This book will shock you, surprise you – and then make you laugh.
Furthermore, you’ll find practical and even inspiring ideas for what you can actually do to help humanity thrive on this – our only – planet.

‘How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything’
By Mike Berners-Lee

“I can’t remember the last time I read a book that was more fascinating and useful and enjoyable”
— Bill Bryson

From a text message, a war, from a Valentine’s rose to a flight or even having a child, How Bad Are Bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee comes up with the carbon answers we need and provides plenty of revelations. Packed full of information yet always entertaining, prepare for everything you thought you knew about green living to be turned on its head.

Mike Berners-Lee’s book topped the FT’s list of Best Science and Environment reads for 2010 and was Amazon’s best selling environment book in that year and in 2012 won the Green Book Festival grand prize.

‘The Burning Question: We can’t burn half the world’s oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?’
By Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark

“Fascinating, important and highly recommended” – Al Gore.

“This is number-crunching and synthesis at their best, richly informed by realities political and psychological as well as scientific. Berners-Lee and Clark are clear-eyed, for instance, on the reasons for our slumberous lack of response, such as sabotage perpetrated by energy companies” Nature

“There have been many books on this issue but The Burning Question lives up to the urgency of its title. Clearly set out, steely with the numbers but fair and humane in its assessments of human strengths and weaknesses, it is a book to reignite the debate” Peter Forbes, The Guardian

With a foreword from Bill McKibben, The Burning Question provides a succinct and transparent case for how society, the economy and the environment got into its current state, and what is needed to get it out.

Check out the The Burning Question website.