Part green-lifestyle guide, part popular science, How Bad Are Bananas? is the first book to provide the information we need to make carbon-savvy purchases and informed lifestyle choices and to build carbon considerations into our everyday thinking.
The book puts our decisions into perspective with entries for the big things (the World Cup, volcanic eruptions, the Iraq war) as well as the small (email, ironing, a glass of beer). And it covers the range from birth (the carbon footprint of having a child) to death (the carbon impact of cremation).
Packed full of surprises a plastic bag has the smallest footprint of any item listed, while a block of cheese is bad news the book continuously informs, delights, and engages the reader. Solidly researched and referenced, the easily digestible figures, statistics, charts, and graphs (including a section on the carbon footprint of various foods) will encourage discussion and help people to make up their own minds about their consumer choices.
Greystone Books; April 2011
- ISBN: 9781553658320
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: How Bad Are Bananas?
- Author: Mike Berners-Lee
Imprint: Greystone Books
In The Press
"deftly blends intelligence with entertainment, perhaps creating a unique genre: a page-turner for the climate conscious."Publishers Weekly
"Filled with wildly fascinating facts, there is no question that this book is not only informative and highly relevant but also entertaining...Berners-Lee is a clever and creative thinker. He's also refreshingly honest about the challenges involved in quantifying our carbon impact...Thanks to his endless research and engaging presentations, we can more easily step on the path toward carbon footprint awareness."Alive Magazine, Aug 1, 2011
"A quirky guide to the carbon impact of nearly everything...The author pays special attention to food and to some unusual suspects like a web search, a necklace, and doing the dishes...It’s an entertaining and enlightening read, full of surprising information."Finding Solutions, Jun 1, 2011
"Berners-Lee excels at concisely contextualizing the deluge of data about toilet paper, red roses, kids, swimming pools, or space shuttles...if you're serious about picking the right battles for reducing your consumption, then How Bad Are Bananas certainly puts the right footprint forward."Good Magazine, Apr 21, 2011
This informative book provides a workable way to think about how the elements of modern society and individual decisions contribute toward the insidious increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels--the "footprint"--that is the major contributor to global warming Recommended. All levels/libraries”Choice Reviews
"Both greenies and non-greenies will take something away from this scrupulously footnoted book."Green Living, Apr 7, 2011
About The Author
Mike Berners-Lee is founding director of Small World Consulting, an associate company of Lancaster University (UK) specializing in organizational responses to climate change. His research, often in partnership with Lancaster University or the Crichton Carbon Centre, includes the development of leading footprint tools based on environmental input-output analysis, life cycle analysis, and hybrid methodologies. Berners-Lee's commercial client work is focused primarily on enabling realistic and credible understanding of greenhouse gas impacts for the purposes of practical decision making. Berners-Lee's clients include major supermarkets, architecture firms, and numerous small- and medium-sized businesses interested in reducing their carbon footprint, including farms, hotels, and breweries.