The Burning Question

burning question pictureThe Burning Question: We can’t burn half the world’s oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit? by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clarke is here!

“Fascinating, important and highly recommended” Al Gore.

With a foreword from Bill McKibben, The Burning Question provides a succinct and transparent case for how society, the economy and the environment got into its current state, and what is needed to get it out.

“This is number-crunching and synthesis at their best, richly informed by realities political and psychological as well as scientific. Berners-Lee and Clark are clear-eyed, for instance, on the reasons for our slumberous lack of response, such as sabotage perpetrated by energy companies” Nature

“There have been many books on this issue but The Burning Question lives up to the urgency of its title. Clearly set out, steely with the numbers but fair and humane in its assessments of human strengths and weaknesses, it is a book to reignite the debate” Peter Forbes, The Guardian

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Buy your copy online from Amazon or the Guardian bookshop.

Influencing policy

In 2012, Small World Consulting, along with several of it’s clients, provided evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s review of consumption based reporting in the UK.

This review considered the benefits of consumption-based emissions reporting which encourages transparent and inclusive treatment of emissions embodied in global trade.

Click here to browse the report.

Carbon calculators, tools and infographics

Are you looking for inspiring ways of communicating carbon and sustainability? Or maybe you want a model that will help you calculate case-by-case carbon footprints for your target audience? Or how about a calculator to manage your annual progress for your business?

See how we’ve helped clients with tools and calculators before or contact us to discuss what we could do for you.


Providing practical responses to climate change

Small World Consulting focus on developing research and understanding around climate change, the most clearly presenting symptom of an unsustainable society, and enabling businesses, public organisations, communities and individuals to manage their impact on the environment.

We do three kinds of work:

Research and development; understanding how carbon works on every scale and how it can be managed.

Practical work in businesses, councils and communities; modelling impacts and developing action plans toward a more sustainable future.

Communicating climate change and carbon management; through publications, exhibitions, talks and online content.

Our approach is rigorous, practical and engaging. As an associate company of Lancaster University, we benefit from close links with experts in the Environment Centre, Management School and other departments.