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Obal deforestation data centres rice production the World Cup volcanoes Be warned some of the things you thought you knew about green living may be about to be turned on their head Never preachy but packed full of information and always entertaining It seems common knowledge that riding your bike to work is a low carbon activity What you might not know if that if you fuel your bike ride with air freighted off season asparagus then your carbon footprint increases dramatically and you'd be better off commuting buy Hummer The art and science of taking into account many aspects of what constitutes a carbon footprint has often been ignoredMike Berners Lee minutely examines and calculates the carbon footprint by weight of many activities and items in his new book How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of EverythingIt all started with bananas I was initially intrigued by bananas after reading Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle several years ago during which she and her daughter have a conversation with her daughter's friend about how bad bananas are because they are grown so far away and the energy used to transport them is bad for the environment Continually intrigued by micro histories especially food related micro histories I eventually read Banana The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World by Koeppel several years ago which changed my one a day banana habit from regular to organic mainly due to the environmental conditions within the banana growing countries But still nagging me was the transportation costs on the environment; should I switch my breakfast mainstay to something local? Berners Lee calculates that actually bananas aren't really that bad They are generally shipped by boat MUCH lower carbon footprint than airfreight and keep well without refrigerationIn addition to bananas Berners Lee examines many other things and breaks down the environmental cost of things like paper vs plastic bus rides drinking coffee diapers dairy products laundry asparagus beer and wine sending emails and riding in trains The book is broken up into very small entries for each subject and is easy to read and often funny This book doesn't answer every uestion about carbon footprints but hopefully gives a new framework for measuring overall environmental impact of many everyday things and explained in an easy to read mannerBonus From the coverI can't remember the last time I read a book that was fascinating and useful and enjoyable—Bill Bryson

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How Bad Are Bananas From a text message to a war from a Valentine's rose to a flight or even having a child How Bad are Bananas? gives us the carbon answers we need and provides plenty of revelations By talking through a hundred or so items Mike Berners Lee sets out to My brother in law is obsessed with food miles Obsessed He flat out won’t buy anything not grown in the UK And yet his last holiday involved flying to Africa And he eats a lot of meat And he wants to have a childSee the contradiction?Trying to do the best for the environment is such a tricky thing I consider myself a good environmentalist And yet I’m sitting here on an internetcloud connected computer writing this book review which isn’t great in terms of energy use Short of going off grid and living in a tree no one can live a carbon neutral lifestyle So you need to pick your battles wisely and figure out what’s really bad for the planet and what you can and should cut outThat’s where How Bad Are Bananas? becomes really helpful Mike ‘I didn’t invent the internet that was my brother’ Berners Lee sifts through a myriad of data to rate everyday activities in terms of just how carbon centric they are The resulting book is a bit heavy going in places but Berners Lee is an affable narrator making it an entertaining yet thinky readAnd guess what? As long as you buy foreign grown food that arrives by boat the carbon footprint is negligible Ha HAHowever I do really need to cut down on my cheese intake Oh cheese You were my favourite

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How Bad Are Bananas kindle ó eBook Free á Mike Berners-Lee ó From a text message to a war from a Valentine's rose to a flight or even having a child How Bad are Bananas? gives us the carbon answers we need and provides plenty of revelations By talking through a hundred or so items Mike Berners Lee sets out toGive us a carbon instinct for the footprint of literally anything we do buy and think about He helps us pick our battles by laying out the orders of magnitude The book ranges from the everyday foods books plastic bags bikes flights baths and the gl This is a good reference book for rough ballpark ideas of how big your carbon footprint is actually an estimate of the total climate change impact of your lifestyle with various assumptions to get figures to work with and to compare various actions eg travelling by train vs by car by sea vs by air recycling vs landfill The author readily admits that it's a lot of guesstimation it's just meant to give you a rough idea and it's uite good at putting things into perspective by comparison I wouldn't advise you read it cover to cover just dip in to find what you're interested inNote the Kindle edition has some issues with typos and layout at times but is mostly goodAlso if you like me are unable to eat bananas and you really wish you could you may want to just avoid this book as it will annoy you by singing the praises of bananas constantly Also I don't want to think about the carbon footprints of my various medications just think about all the packaging the manufacturing the transport ugh or of my cholecystectomy Even the incineration of my gallbladder will have added to my carbon footprint Though it is probably better the one time operation than a lifelong need for buscopan with all the manufacturing and so on reuired there plus the late nights spent awake with biliary colic and therefore using electricityNow I'm overthinking it