How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

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Greystone Books, 1. apr. 2011 - 256 síđur
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Part green-lifestyle guide, part popular science, How Bad Are Bananas? is the first book to provide the information we need to make carbon-savvy purchases and informed lifestyle choices and to build carbon considerations into our everyday thinking.

The book puts our decisions into perspective with entries for the big things (the World Cup, volcanic eruptions, the Iraq war) as well as the small (email, ironing, a glass of beer). And it covers the range from birth (the carbon footprint of having a child) to death (the carbon impact of cremation).

Packed full of surprises — a plastic bag has the smallest footprint of any item listed, while a block of cheese is bad news — the book continuously informs, delights, and engages the reader. Solidly researched and referenced, the easily digestible figures, statistics, charts, and graphs (including a section on the carbon footprint of various foods) will encourage discussion and help people to make up their own minds about their consumer choices.

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Umsögn notanda  - mahelmus - LibraryThing

A surprising delight! When I first received this book, I quickly paged through it and saw that it's mostly a list of items and their corresponding carbon footprints. As reference books are ... Read full review

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Umsögn notanda  - jamesgwld - LibraryThing

I hated this book and loved it at the same time. It is oftentimes exhausting as there is so much work to do, but exposing it is one of the first steps. Mike Berners-Lee kept me reading every page (I ... Read full review


A quick guide to carbonand carbon footprints
Under 10 grams
10 grams to 100 grams
100 grams to 1 kilo 22 pounds
1 kilo to 10 kilos22 pounds to 22 pounds
10 kilos to 100 kilos20 pounds to 200 pounds
100 kilos 220 poundsto 1 ton
10 tons to 100 tons
100 tons to 1 million tons
1 million tons and beyond
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Mike Berners-Lee is founding director of Small World Consulting, an associate company of Lancaster University (UK) specializing in organizational responses to climate change. His research, often in partnership with Lancaster University or the Crichton Carbon Centre, includes the development of leading footprint tools based on environmental input-output analysis, life cycle analysis, and hybrid methodologies. Berners-Lee's commercial client work is focused primarily on enabling realistic and credible understanding of greenhouse gas impacts for the purposes of practical decision making. Berners-Lee's clients include major supermarkets, architecture firms, and numerous small- and medium-sized businesses interested in reducing their carbon footprint, including farms, hotels, and breweries.

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