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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd; Main edition (15 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781250456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781250457
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'It is terrific. I can't remember the last time I read a book that was more fascinating and useful and enjoyable all at the same time

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An engaging book that manages to present serious science without preaching (New Scientist)

Enjoyable, fun to read and scientifically robust. A triumph of popular science writing (Chris Goodall)

The image of scientists and academics used to be one of calm people mildly watching the world of data and prodding it now and again. Today, the frustration among many is palpable. This book shows why. The gap between evidence, policy and practice is yawningly wide. And widening. This book tries to bridge that gap, offering a reasoned account of the problem and suggesting where and how we might change as consuming societies. In my own area of food, this seems to point one way - culture change. Read this and it'll help you think about the options for how to do that (Timothy Lang 2013-03-15)

The issues explored in The Burning Question are hugely important. Policymakers and the public urgently need to be engaging in this kind of big-picture conversation (Jim Hansen 2013-03-15)

It's terrifyingly simple. Burning carbon made our modern industrial world. Now we've got to stop burning it. We've got to stop drilling for oil and gas, and leave the coal in the ground. We've got to prick the carbon bubble, write off half the assets of the world's biggest industry, break the infrastructure and mental lock-in that is preventing viable new energy technologies from taking over. This is the big-picture story of why and how that must happen. And why, so far, we are abjectly failing. Brilliant. (Fred Pearce, , author of The Last Generation, How nature will take her revenge for climate change)

This is a book that needs to be written: it asks the right question then seeks the most effective ways of answering it. It's an essential contribution to our thinking about climate change (George Monbiot)

An extremely clear-sighted, highly readable account of the factors fanning the flames of climate change with plenty of practical suggestions how to set about extinguishing them. It left me more determined than ever to keep trying to spread ripples of disruption through the fossil fuel industry until they get the message that things must change and rapidly (Bryony Worthington)

Durwood is a bigwig in global climate/environment policy and the leading light pushing for action on methane, soot and the other fast-acting gases (Durwood Zaelke)

At a time when we're making the climate debate 'small', a series of bite sized chunks each to be 'smuggled' through a resistant policy system, Berners Lee and Clark remind us that the debate is actually 'huge' in its global scope, it's likely impact and, most importantly of all, the solutions we need to adopt (Mike Barry)

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