How Bad are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

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Profile, 2010 - Carbon dioxide - 239 pages
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From a text message to a war, from a Valentine's rose to a flight or even having a child, How Bad are Bananas? gives us the carbon answers we need and provides plenty of revelations. By talking through a hundred or so items, Mike Berners-Lee sets out to give us a carbon instinct for the footprint of literally anything we do, buy and think about. He helps us pick our battles by laying out the orders of magnitude. The book ranges from the everyday (foods, books, plastic bags, bikes, flights, baths...) and the global (deforestation, data centres, rice production, the World Cup, volcanoes, ...) Be warned, some of the things you thought you knew about green living may be about to be turned on their head. Never preachy but packed full of information and always entertaining.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

There's a lot that surprised me in this book (for instance, bananas are not only okay, they have a smaller footprint than carrots or ice cream or a red, red rose) and a lot that made me think. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

This is a very accessible and interesting reference book on the carbon footprints of things we do. It is a sliding scale from the smallest of activities (text messages) to the largest (World Cups ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

MIKE BERNERS-LEE is the founding director of an associate company of Lancaster University which specialises in organisational responses to climate change.

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