Books

‘The Burning Queburning question picturestion: We can’t burn half the world’s oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?’

By Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark

“Fascinating, important and highly recommended” – Al Gore.

“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

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.

Check out the The Burning Question website . Buy your copy online from the Guardian bookshop (supporting independent journalism) or Amazon.

‘How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything’

By Mike Berners-Lee

 “I can’t remember the last time I read a book that was more fascinating and useful and enjoyable”
— Bill Bryson

From a text message a war, from a Valentine’s rose to a flight or even having a child, How Bad Are Bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee comes up with the carbon answers we need and provides plenty of revelations. Packed full of information yet always entertaining, prepare for everything you thought you knew about green living to be turned on its head.

Mike Berners-Lee’s book topped the FT’s list of Best Science and Environment reads for 2010 and was Amazon’s best selling environment book in that year and in 2012 won the Green Book Festival grand prize.

Read more reviews here and here. Or for the North American version (surprisingly different) look here. Chinese, Korean and Italian versions are also available.

You can buy a copy for yourself from the Guardian Bookshop (supporting independent journalism) or Amazon.

 Notable papers include:

‘Greenhouse gas footprinting for small businesses — The use of input–output data’ M. Berners-Lee, D.C. Howard, J. Moss, K. Kaivanto, W.A. Scott , 2010. Science of the Total Environment. 409:5: 883-891 Available online here.

‘The relative greenhouse gas impacts of realistic dietary choices’  M. Berners-Lee, C. Hoolohan, H. Cammack and C.N. Hewitt, 2012. Energy Policy. 43: 184-190. Available online here.

‘Mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions of food through realistic consumer choices’ Hoolohan, C., Berners-Lee, M., McKinstry-West, J., Hewitt, C.N. 12/2013 In: Energy Policy. 63, p. 1065-1074. 10 p. Available online here