The Climate Challenge
321 Pages
English

The Climate Challenge

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321 Pages
English

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It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the urgency of global climate change. But when author Guy Dauncey assembles the world's best solutions in one place, as he does in The Climate Challenge, a vision emerges of a sustainable energy revolution. He opens the door to a century of exciting change, characterized by renewable energy, sustainable farming, carbon-rich forestry, green cities, electric vehicles, high-speed trains, a blossoming of innovation, and a host of new "green collar" jobs.

The Climate Challenge draws on working solutions from around the world, and lays out the best actions for students and scientists, musicians and mayors, policy-makers and presidents, showing how it is possible to reduce our carbon footprint to almost zero by 2040. Each solution describes steps that are already being used in homes, schools, businesses, cities, and governments around the world - with full scientific references to help the reader dig deeper and push farther.

If you worry about climate change, whether you are an enquiring teenager, a concerned householder, a farmer, forester, business leader, city mayor, or global policy-maker, this book will help you join the movement to help restore the planet's climate and build a new green economy.


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Published 01 November 2009
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EAN13 9781550924374
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Advance Praise for THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE
If you are wondering what to do about climate change, here is the answer. The Climate Challengeis not only interesting and informative, it is also exciting.
— Lester R. Brown, author ofPlan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
A wonderfully clear guide to simplify the issues of global warming and climate change so that anyone can get involved, doing what they can where they are. Dauncey’s 101 solutions — which people can take at every level from personal to global — provide both the needed information and the inspiration.
— Hazel Henderson, President of Ethical Markets Media, and author ofEthical Markets: Growing The Green Economy
What an amazingly (insanely!) comprehensive and useful book. Guy Dauncey gets it. He understands all the individual things we must do, but also why they won’t work unless we also commit to working together and building a movement. This is a joyous, hope-filled manual for facing the greatest crisis humanity has ever encountered. It’s going to do a lot of good!
— Bill McKibben, 350.org
A lot has been written about climate change over the last few years, but this is a real cracker. Hugely informative, hard-hitting and very upbeat about the solutions. Get your head aroundThe Climate Challenge, and I think you’ll find there’s only one answer to Guy Dauncey’s own question (‘do we believe in our ability to create a green, sustainable future?’), and that’s ‘yes!’
— Sir Jonathon Porritt, past Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission
This is a terrific labor. Nowhere will readers find a more exhaustive, yet accessible, treatment of the climate challenge.The Climate Challengeis a terrific resource for anyone interested in understanding the preeminent issue of our time. Guy Dauncey’s skills as an educator are on full display in this masterful work!
— Gary Gardner, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute
The Climate Challengeis the handbook for the increasing number of people worldwide who understand the stakes: unchecked, global warming threatens a swing in global temperatures of ice age magnitude, only in the opposite direction, within the lifetime of today’s young people. Guy Dauncey provides meaningful, effective solutions at the personal, professional and business level. But he also makes it clear that only if local action builds quickly to serious and sustained national political engagement can we really change the future.
— Eban Goodstein, Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy, New York
Very timely and persuasive.The Climate Challengeis an essential owner’s manual for our planet. Guy Dauncey’s clear-eyed presentation of the problem is followed by practical solutions that empower each of us to take action now — and if we follow his advice, we will meet the challenge and win.
— Terry Tamminen, New America Foundation, former Secretary of California EPA
Guy Dauncey has created something unique in the current literature by blending a highly readable narrative on global warming, a rich picture book on climate solutions, and an up-to-date digest of the relevant heaps of climate change information that have steadily grown into electronic Himalayas. If you wish to grasp the mind-boggling complexity of the climate challenge, read this book.
— John Shellnhuber, Chief Sustainability Scientist for the German Government, Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
The Climate Challengeis an informative, yet hopeful look at the climate crisis. Based on the latest science, the book includes a wealth of practical steps for citizens, industries, and governments to help avert catastrophic climate change as well other detrimental environmental impacts. — Rhett A. Butler, founder of mongabay.com
This book is marvelous! Guy Dauncey’s new book is an elegant, insightful and comprehensive examination of the dominant global challenge we face. This attractive work belongs on the desk of every investor, entrepreneur, citizen and policy maker. — Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School
The Climate Challengeis an effective antidote to despair. The solutions abound and a new spirit of human creativity must be unleashed to embrace them. Guy Dauncey has harnessed the planet's surest form of renewable energy — hope.
— Elizabeth May, O.C., Leader, Green Party of Canada
The escalating crisis of global warming mandates that for the first time in our lives, indeed for the first time in our history, we all must take personal responsibility for the climate. We must all become climate leaders.The Climate Challengeoffers compelling and easily accessible ways all of us can rise to this challenge. There is literally nothing more important in the world.
— Jim Garrison, founder and President, State of the World Forum
The Climate Challengeoffers a concise and accessible summary of global warming and its causes. Dauncey masters the difficult task of describing the most urgent problem mankind is facing in the 21st century in an uplifting and accessible manner without confusing his readers with scientific details. The step-by-step instructions that Dauncey provides range from easy-to-implement improvements of our personal lifestyles to advice on how to tackle climate change within governments and industries. Truly a remarkable book that will prove to be an invaluable starting point for those unfamiliar with the topic.
— Dr. Hermann Scheer, Member of the German Parliament, author ofEnergy Autonomy
Finally here's a book that combines thorough explanations for newcomers with innovative perspectives for experts and effective answers for people, industries and institutions.The Climate Challenge'simaginative format is up-to-date, comprehensive, and immensely handy. It's as ifWhole Earth Cataloghad been reborn 40 years later. Guy Dauncey pulls no punches and is deeply, urgently persuasive. Anyone who reads this will be moved to act.
— Felix Kramer, founder of CalCars.org
To employ the book's own martial metaphors, Dauncey writes that we are all soldiers of circumstance placed on the front line of the great battle of our time: the fight against the forces of climate change.The Climate Challengedoes more than orient the reader and set out the tactics; Dauncey rallies the troops for the struggle ahead by instilling a vision of the better future that will come with victory.
— David Suzuki, author, scientist, environmental champion.
Cataloging in Publication Data: A catalog record for this publication is available from the National Library of Canada.
Copyright © 2009 by Guy Dauncey All rights reserved.
Cover design by Diane McIntosh. Cover images: Bicycle – Dreamstime / Gbh007; all others © iStock: Polar bear – Peter Van Wagner; Horizon – Andreas Guskos; Underwater – Dennis Sabo; New Orleans – Joseph Nickischer; Rainforest – Francisco Romero; Train – Karen Grieve; Wave machine – from authors; Electric bus – Vasiliy Dudenko; Solar panels – brainstorm1962; Light bulbs – mathieukor; Electric car – Recycling box – Gaby Jalbert; Wind turbines – Todd Arbini; Clouds – Peter Blottman
Printed in Canada by Friesens. First printing October 2009.
New Society Publishers acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) for our publishing activities.
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-86571-589-9
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Contents
Preface................................................................. x
Acknowledgments............................................. xi
Dedication......................................................... xii
PARTONE: THECHALLENGE The Challenge ................................................. 2 A Gift from the Past ........................................ 4 Our Story ......................................................... 6 Earth’s Miraculous Atmosphere ...................... 8 The Greenhouse Gases .................................. 10 Methane — The Forgotten Gas ..................... 12 Black Carbon ................................................. 14 Greenhouse Gases Chart ............................... 16 The First and Second Alarm Bells ................. 18 The Third and Fourth Alarm Bells ................ 20 The Fifth Alarm Bell ...................................... 22 Six Degrees of Danger ................................... 24 How to Talk to a Climate Denier .................. 26 The Crucial Data ........................................... 28 What Targets Should We Adopt? .................. 30 What Then Must We Do? ............................. 32 Faith in Earth’s Future................................... 34 Is the Oil Running Out?................................ 36 Energy Security .............................................. 38 Earth’s Future Buildings ................................ 40 Earth’s Future Transport ................................ 42 Those Pesky Energy Data .............................. 44 Earth’s Future Electricity ............................... 46 Earth’s Future Water Power ........................... 48 Renewable Energy — The Small Print .......... 50 Earth’s Future Bioenergy ............................... 52 Earth’s Future Wastes .................................... 54 Nuclear — Hope or Hype? ............................ 56 Hydrogen — Hope or Hype?......................... 58
Clean Coal — Hope or Hype? ....................... 60 Earth’s Future Farms ...................................... 62 Earth’s Future Forests .................................... 64 Earth’s Future Atmosphere ............................ 66 Earth’s Future Economy ................................ 68 Pathways to a Climate-Friendly Future ........ 70 The Climate Solutions Dividend................... 72 Getting Serious .............................................. 74
PARTTWO: THESOLUTIONS Ten Solutions for Individuals 1. Calculate Your Carbon Footprint ........... 78 2. Change the Way You Eat ........................ 80 3. Wake Up to Green Electricity ................. 82 4. Keep it Warm, Keep it Cool .................... 84 5. Heat Your Home Without Carbon.......... 86 6. Change the Way You Travel.................... 88 7. Drive a Greener Car ................................ 90 8. Take a Climate-Friendly Vacation ........... 92 9. Change Your Consumer Habits .............. 94 10. Become a Climate Champion................. 96
Ten Solutions for Champions 11. Solutions for Friends, Family .................. 98 and Neighbors 12. Solutions for Schools ............................ 100 13. Solutions for Higher Education ............ 102 14. Solutions for Faith Communities ......... 104 15. Solutions for Artists, Musicians, ........... 106 Comedians and Athletes 16. Start a Climate Action Group ............... 108 17. Take the Initiative ................................. 110 18. Become Political .................................... 112 19. Build a Nation-wide Movement ........... 114 20. Build a Global Movement .................... 116
Ten Solutions for Communities 21. Accept the Challenge ............................ 118 22. Engage the Community ........................ 120 23. Reduce Your Corporate Emissions ........ 122 24. Encourage Green Mobility .................... 124 25. Encourage More Walking, Cycling, ...... 126 and Transit 26. Become a City of Green Buildings........ 128 27. Go for Green Energy ............................. 130 28. Worship Your Wastes ............................ 132 29. Grow More Food, Plant More Trees...... 134 30. Plan Ahead for a Green, Stormy Future . 136
Ten Solutions for Businesses 31. Join the Challenge ................................ 138 32. Four Solutions for Every Business......... 140 33. Solutions for the Financial Sector......... 142 34. Solutions for Retail Stores ..................... 144 35. Solutions for Architects,........................ 146 Builders and Developers 36. Solutions for the Cement Industry....... 148 37. Solutions for Industry ........................... 150 and Manufacturing 38. Solutions for Forest Companies............ 152 39. Solutions for the Media ........................ 154 40. Form New Partnerships......................... 156
Five Solutions for Farmers 41. Become a Carbon Farmer...................... 158 42. Become an Organic Farmer................... 160 43. Become a Green Rancher ...................... 162 44. Become an Energy Farmer .................... 164 45. Keep on Farming! .................................. 166
Five Solutions for Transportation 46. Solutions for the Auto Industry............ 168
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47. Solutions for Trucking........................... 170 48. Solutions for Railways ........................... 172 49. Solutions for Shipping and Ports.......... 174 50. Solutions for Aviation ........................... 176
Ten Solutions for Energy Companies 51. Invest in the New Apollo Program ....... 178 52. Maximize Energy Efficiency.................. 180 53. Develop the Best Low-Income .............. 182 Programs 54. Invest in Wind Energy .......................... 184 55. Invest in Solar Thermal......................... 186 and Geothermal Power 56. Invest in Solar Energy ........................... 188 57. Learn from Austin, Texas ...................... 190 58. Build a Smart Grid ................................ 192 59. Solutions for the Gas Industry.............. 194 60. Solutions for the Oil Industry............... 196
Twenty Five Solutions for Governments 61. Prepare for the Deluge .......................... 198 62. Plan for a Climate-Friendly World ....... 200 63. Lead by Example ................................... 202 64. Get Everyone Engaged .......................... 204 65. Inspire People ........................................ 206 66. Build a Super-Efficient Nation .............. 208 67. Make All Your Buildings Zero Carbon .. 210 68. Make All Your Cities Green................... 212 69. Plan for 100% Renewable Electricity .... 214 70. Build a Supergrid ................................... 216 71. Phase Out All Fossil Fuels ..................... 218 72. Stop the Methane Emissions ................ 220 73. Reduce the Impact of Food ................... 222 and Farming 74. Capture Carbon from the Atmosphere.. 224
75. Develop a Sustainable ........................... 226 Transportation Strategy 76. Develop a Sustainable ........................... 228 Vehicles Strategy 77. Develop a Sustainable .......................... 230 Bioenergy Strategy 78. Put a Price on Carbon ........................... 232 79. Introduce Cap and Trade ...................... 234 for Industry 80. Launch a Green New Deal .................... 236 81. Invest in the Climate-Friendly Future .. 238 82. Build a Zero-Waste Economy ................ 240 83. Build a Green-Collar Economy ............. 242 84. Ditch Neo-Classical Economics ............ 244 85. Become a Global Player ........................ 246
Five Solutions for Developing Nations 86. Scramble! This is Serious ....................... 248 87. Build a Politics of Change..................... 250 88. Build Ecological Cities .......................... 252 89. Build Solar Villages................................ 254 90. Solutions for China ............................... 256
Ten Global Solutions 91. Restore a Climate-Friendly World......... 258 92. Forge a New Global Treaty.................... 260 93. Adopt Climate Solutions Treaties ......... 262 94. Establish a Global Climate Fund .......... 264 95. Protect the World’s Forests ................... 266 and Grasslands 96. Slow Global Population Growth........... 268 97. Phase out the F-Gases ........................... 270 98. Decarbonize Global Financing ............. 272 99. Adopt Natural Capitalism ..................... 274 100. Build A Global Movement .................. 276
One Solution for All of Us 101. Don’t Sit This One Out ....................... 278
Notes............................................................... 280
Index............................................................... 302
About the Author........................................... 307
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