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Energy and Carbon Emissions: The Way We Live Today Paperback – 14 Jul 2011


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge (14 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906860149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906860141
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 910,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nicola graduated from Cambridge University in 1984 with a first class degree in computer science and engineering. She has been involved in two start-up companies which grew to multi-million multi-nationals. Nicola became interested in environmental issues and in 2007 began a degree with the OU in Environmental Studies, which she completed with first class honours. Nicola is a surveyor in Cambridge Carbon Footprint's Climate Friendly Homes project which provides advice about reducing home energy consumption.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bee on 26 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
With this book at your hands there is no excuse not to do your bit when it comes to saving energy, or to put it more trendily to "lower your carbon foot print." Don't know what I am talking about? Then this book is for you too. It covers everything from a basic introduction about carbon emissions to facts, information and stats relating to individuals, the UK and the global situation.

This sounds potentially overwhelming, but the 10 chapters are broken down into succinct, easy to grasp 2-5 page sub-sections, which are partly quite surprising or even entertaining. Some of them make good snippets that will impress mates down the pub. For example, did you know that one Google search uses as much energy as using your computer for 5 minutes? This book also cuts to the chase in regards to some myths: Eco kettles don't use less energy; they only have lower set elements so you need less water to cover them, and perhaps a window so you can visually control / prevent overfilling the kettle. If you can fill your kettle with 0.25 ml for one cup then you have an eco kettle. Personally I considered myself quite an energy saving savvy buff, but the author surprised - and impressed - me with many suggestions that are easy to do, and add up to make a noticeable difference.

The style is relatively light hearted (e.g. a retro-fit low energy house is referred to as `cosy house'), and the author is not afraid to discuss examples from her own experience, which aren't always perfect. So even though the material is sometimes quite tough, it's not alienating. Much of the advice is very practical (Should I buy a new fridge? Wash dishes by hand? Use an e-reader?) and for people - like us - who are refurbishing a traditionally built house, to try and lower our energy bills, the book is invaluable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ausdragon on 24 July 2011
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I've read a number of books on sustainability and sustainable lifestyles and Ive found that many are either too technical or too broad. This book hits the right balance, with it's quick summary statement at the start of each section, then more detailed supporting information thereafter explaining how the author has reached her conclusions. The breadth of topics covered is also impressive; ranging from how much photovoltaic energy can we generate to the relative carbon footprint of Kindle compared with paper books.
This is the knd of book that provides the answers that prove so hard to find elsewhere.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. S. Rodgers on 12 July 2011
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As soon as they've learned to string a few words together, children use them to ask the most awkward questions.
Awkward yet often intriguing. Especially now that a lot of adult chat centres on the environment, our two want to know the answers to such complex questions as "why don't we get solar panels?" .. "why do we use those dim light bulbs?" and "am I being unkind to polar bears if I eat baby sweetcorn?".

Usually, the response to a real poser is simple; "I don't know, but we can find out". However, most of these environmental issues are highly complex and not something that you can find from a quick Websearch. Books that are written about them and which do address the issues seem to assume a PhD in Statistics and appear to have been written, at least to my BA brain, in source code.

I was complaining about this problem to a friend over lunch .. who, it turned out, being a local software consultant, passionate environmentalist and also member of Transition Cambridge, was in the throws of writing an accessible book on this very topic.She loaned me a draft version and I was quickly hooked.

"Energy and Carbon Emissions; the way we live today" is an eminently concise, readable and non-preachy account of the environmental impact of the kind of lifestyle choices and behaviours which form our everyday routines. Nicola sets out to provide a dispasssionate account of the relative effects of various choices backed up by clear charts and graphs all of which start at zero (no statistical fudgeing here). I found these really helpful and although they were not designed for children our 9 year old loves them, which I think says something about their clarity.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann Carol Langford on 18 April 2012
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I heard the writer of this book talking on radio four, one day, thought it sounded interesting, was very dissapointed. It was full of very scientific and uniteresting statistics, seemed to be written by one of the "Green Brigade", I personally believe the earth does its own cooling and heating, lets face it, we did not have cars and planes around hundreds of thousnds of years ago which are now being blamed for the global warming, The rest of the book was basic things, which we do, not t save the planet, but to save our hard earned money, like switching lights off in empty rooms, not impressed.
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