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Can We Save The Planet? (The Big Idea)

A primer for the 21st century

Alice Bell, Matthew Taylor


A topical, well-balanced and in-depth book that surveys the detrimental impact humans have had on the planet over the last 250 years, and evaluates what we can do to reverse the damage.

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The effects of global warming are being felt around the world through climate change, and images of our rivers and oceans choking with plastic have provoked an instinctive horrified reaction. In response, governments, corporations and individuals are beginning to change their policies and behaviour – but is it too little, too late? Is it possible to reverse the damage we have done to the planet, or have we reached the point where we are only able to manage the problems and devastation caused? This engaging and incisive volume offers insightful analysis of a range of key issues including deforestation, global warming and single use plastics, while evaluating whether – and how – it may just be possible to mend our planet.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Illustrations: 195

Publication date: 12 March 2020

ISBN: 9780500295304

Contents List

Introduction, The Human Planet, A Crisis Situation, The Techno-fix, Political Solutions, Conclusion, Further Reading

About the Author

Alice Bell (PhD) works on a wide variety of campaigns for environmental change as Director of Communications at climate change charity 10:10. She has a background in academia, and set up an interdisciplinary undergraduate course on climate change at Imperial College, London. She has also worked as a journalist, writing on the intersection of science and society for a range of publications including the Guardian, the Observer and The Times.

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