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Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, and plastics - the list of concerns seems endless.

But what is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? Should we frack? How can we take control of technology? Does it all come down to population? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do?

Fortunately, Mike Berners-Lee has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is practical and even enjoyable. There is No Planet B maps it out in an accessible and entertaining way, filled with astonishing facts and analysis. For the first time you'll find big-picture perspective on the environmental and economic challenges of the day laid out in one place, and traced through to the underlying roots - questions of how we live and think.

This book will shock you, surprise you, and then make you laugh. And you'll find practical and even inspiring ideas for what you can actually do to help humanity thrive on this - our only - planet.

©2019 Mike Berners-Lee (P)2019 Mike Berners-Lee

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an eye opener

this book has helped me bring climate change to the front of my minds, where it should be. A great way to give people actionable tasks and a drive to make a change.

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Essential Reading for all, especially politician's

A practical, non political approach to the challenges we need to face to save our planet. A must read for everyone.

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  • Jessica R Thomas
  • 03-02-2021

Not recommended as audio book- long, boring listen

I think this book would be better to read. Listening was so difficult. He states so many large numbers one after another it makes your head swim until you have no idea anymore what he is talking about. The chapters are incredibly long so if you need to stop in the middle it’s hard to remember what the topics before were.

I think the subject of the book is incredibly important and needed, and the effort that has gone into it huge...but I do not recommend it as an audio book!

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  • alan
  • 11-07-2019

Novel approach to climate change

An important contribution to the climate change literature with the author ‘s unique interdisciplinary approach to the topic. His discussion of the “rebound effect” was informative.

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  • Darcie
  • 22-06-2019

Captivating listen, not too terrifying

I really enjoyed this-it provided a realistic view of the situations and practical solutions for individuals, businesses and governments. I really enjoyed the food chapter, which has given me a better understanding of the impacts of various foods, air freighting and hot housing. Just bought how bad are bananas, and will use next months credit for the burning question!

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  • Alex
  • 11-04-2020

Great book, wish all the chapters were here!

I have enjoyed listening to this book a lot, but I wish chapter 7 of the book had been included. Instead book chapter 6 is repeated and then we move on to chapter 8 of the book. (The relevant 'chapters' of the audiobook are chapters 9 and 10.)

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  • GSV3MiaC
  • 22-02-2020

Missing chapter 7?

Am I the only listener to notice that chapter 6 was repeated and chapter 7 not present? This is playing in the cloud player on 22/Fen/.2020, so it isn't a download or device issue.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-12-2019

Eye/ear-opening!

This is a very well written book and the author did a great job narrating. I had found it difficult to gain a concise view of the environmental struggles we face as a global society until I listened to this book. Particularly eye-opening were the numbers highlighting the inefficiencies of consuming calories and macro/micro nutrients through ruminating, human-edible-food-fed animals such as cows and sheep. I have started to make a conscious effort to consume less meat as a result, mostly to help reduce the environmental impact of current practices through lower demand, but also because now I realise that alternative ways to incorporate protein etc. into my diet exist, which also happen to be more consistent with sustainable practices.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would generally like to know more about the numbers behind the environmental challenges we face and how feasible currently proposed solutions are.

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  • aas
  • 31-05-2021

Best as a Book

This book was well written and researched but frankly it did not suit an audiobook. The book is naturally quite complex and many facts shot over my head in the speed of the reading.
Also, in the end, despite his cheery optimism I was left thinking the "Elephantine points" that;
1). There is no evidence that the global economic, technological and political system is set up for a peaceful transition to net zero in the time frame needed.
2). Connected to the above, to ask most people (fed incessantly with "internal" media belief bubbles) to then break free and understand the "external" complexity of this eco disaster, goes against not only our atavistic proclivities for danger but also societal organisation. Frightened people generally choose fascistic leaders.
3. My neighbour has 4 children. Any effort on my part to cut my carbon footprint is simply buried beneath their profligacy and all other similar traits.

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  • Jamie Barron
  • 29-05-2021

Essential reading

If you eat food; move by any means; ever buy anything; or live on planet Earth, you’ll find something interesting and thought-provoking in this audiobook.
In an excellent reading of his own book, Berners-Lee introduces a lightness, modesty and occasional humour to make this less a polemic than a very balanced, open-minded injection of ideas to live by.

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  • SteveN
  • 22-05-2021

There is no book B

This book is provides a well balanced and concise perspective on climate change and those avenues we can travel in order to mitigate the damages already incurred resulting from the industrial age and human progression.

Well worth a listen as Mike offers a ground, yet informed, view of what we and our nations can do to preserve the earth for future generations.

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  • Jennifer A. P. Macmillan
  • 01-04-2021

Everone should read/listen to this

Fantastic book for everyone to read. This should be taught in schools, universities and to our politicians.

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  • Fayed
  • 28-12-2020

Very engaging book

I enjoyed reading this. I have been wanting to read more about this subject and this is engaging enough to keep going

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  • Mr. OJ Morris
  • 07-12-2020

Excellent book. Must read

This book should be required reading for all. Smart, sensible, practical but also terrifying. All should read and understand the risks we - humanity - face, but also what we can do about it.

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