Mark Lynas “Carbon Counter”

ISBN 978 0 00 724812 4. This Book, although looking like one of those Collins Pocket Reference Guides, is actually classified under “Politics/Current Affairs” and is written by Mark Lynas. I actually read the entire thing before I realised who wrote it. Mark is famous for his books “High Tide” and “Six Degrees” where he plots the damage that Global Warming can, and will, do to mankind. Mark liberally borrows from so many of the other books you will see reviewed on these pages such as “How we can save the Planet” by Mayer Hillman and “Heat” by George Monbiot. Lynas also gets several opportunities to discretely plug his own books on the matter. This is a pocket guide. No doubt about it. It is aimed at the UK market and provides a lot of links to web sites as well as Tables of numbers to use on ready-reckoners so everyone can very roughly calculate their Carbon Footprint. The advice contained on reducing this Carbon output is very similar to Chris Goodall’s book “How to live a Low Carbon Life” reviewed elsewhere on this web site although it was not credited by the author of this little work. There are lots of good numbers to get tucked into here. The book steers clear of controversy and sticks mostly to the main facts in a very light-hearted, bright and breezy tone that some may find annoying. However, it is a great little read and every home in the UK should have a copy posted through it’s letter box by the Government.

About post-carbon-man

A passionate advocate of a peaceful transition to a sustainable political-economy, Mark hails from a working class farming background. Today he is a Company Director and Chairman of the Low Carbon Chilterns Co-operative. Whilst at University (Engineering Masters) he was active in Conservative Student politics but has had no affiliation since. He has travelled widely on business covering the USA, Europe, Middle East and Central Asian Republics. In 2007 Mark founded Post-Carbon-Living and a year later co-founded Transition Town High Wycombe. He lives with is wife & daughter in a home they retrofitted to be carbon-neutral. Today he blogs about surviving politics on a shrinking planet and is passionate in his rejection of Nationalism.

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