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Climate Change Begins at Home: Life on the two-way street of by Dave Reay (auth.)

By Dave Reay (auth.)

Packed with provocative case reports, calculations and way of life comparisons, this enjoyable and authoritative ebook makes the complexities of climatology comprehensible and demanding situations readers to reconsider their notions of 'doing their bit'. The paperback variation contains a new preface from Mark Lynas, writer of excessive Tide: information From a Warming World

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Add in the very real threat to water supplies across Mexico, as increasing demand clashes with falling availability, and you have the recipe for a human health disaster. Around 18 million US citizens currently holiday in Mexico every year. Like the Carbones, these tourists will start staying the power of one 15 away in droves if the summer temperatures rise too high. This is the last thing Mexico’s fragile economy can afford, given the huge costs it faces in coping with climate change. The threats facing the Carbones and their neighbours in the south-eastern USA will be echoed around the world.

If you’re lucky the Sun is shining down and the birds are singing. Everything you can see, from your driveway and your patchy lawn, to the neighbours’ car and their novelty garden toadstools, is throwing energy back towards space. The amount of energy bounced back to the atmosphere in this way has to balance the amount coming in from the Sun; if less is able to leave than comes in, as happens when greenhouse gases trap some of it, the Earth starts to heat up – global warming. Without this warming the average temperature on Earth would be a frigid –18 °C rather than our more balmy average of 15 °C.

30 climate change begins at home whirring piece of cooling technology under the bonnet have certainly been feeling the heat in recent summers. Higher temperatures, though, are just the start of a series of impacts on our car driving. Those journeys through torrential rain, gripping the steering wheel for all you are worth as another wall of water from the truck in front obliterates your view – expect more of them. Likewise, there will be more weather-related accidents and ‘road flooded’ notices.

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