Cooler Smarter

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-04-25
  • Publisher: Island Pr

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How can each of us live Cooler, Smarter? While the routine decisions that shape our dayswhat to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to workmay seem small, collectively they have a big effect on global warming. But which changes in our lifestyles might make the biggest difference to the climate? This science-based guide shows you the most effective ways to cut your own global warming emissions by twenty percent or more, and explains why your individual contribution is so vital to addressing this global problem. Cooler, Smarteris based on an in-depth, two-year study by the experts at The Union of Concerned Scientists. While other green guides suggest an array of tips, Cooler, Smarteroffers proven strategies to cut carbon, with chapters on transportation, home energy use, diet, personal consumption, as well as how best to influence your workplace, your community, and elected officials. The book explains how to make the biggest impact and when not to sweat the small stuff. It also turns many eco-myths on their head, like the importance of locally produced food or the superiority of all hybrid cars. The advice in Cooler, Smartercan help save you money and live healthier. But its central purpose is to empower you, through low carbon-living, to confront one of society's greatest threats.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Thinking about Your Climate Choices
Can One Person Make a Difference?p. 3
Sweat the Right Stuffp. 13
The Weight of the Evidence: How We Know the Planet Is Warmingp. 27
Making Effective Climate Choices
Driving Down Emissionsp. 51
Home Is Where the Heat Isp. 83
Taking Charge of Electricity at Homep. 109
A Low-Carbon Dietp. 137
The Right Stuffp. 159
Rescuing the Future
Step Up, Connect, Transformp. 181
Stepping Up at Workp. 197
Making Government Work for Usp. 215
Welcome to Our Low-Carbon Futurep. 237
Acknowledgmentsp. 247
Resourcesp. 249
Our Paths to 20: Team Member Statements about Reducing Our Own Carbon Footprintsp. 257
An Explanation of Our Research and Analysis Methodologyp. 263
Research Resultsp. 271
Notesp. 277
About the Authorsp. 303
Indexp. 309
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