Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living
Cooler Smarter is based on an in-depth, two-year study by the experts at The Union of Concerned Scientists. While other green guides suggest an array of tips, Cooler Smarter offers proven strategies to cut carbon, with chapters on transportation, home energy use, diet, personal consumption, as well as how best to influence your workplace, your community, and elected officials. The book explains how to make the biggest impact and when not to sweat the small stuff. It also turns many eco-myths on their head, like the importance of locally produced food or the superiority of all hybrid cars.
The advice in Cooler Smarter can help save you money and live healthier. But its central purpose is to empower you, through low carbon-living, to confront one of society’s greatest threats.
"Who would I recommend this book to? Just about everyone. Rarely does any individual popular science book rank as a genuinely significant and compelling addition to a library’s collection, but this is one of them. Pretty well every academic or public library should get this book for their collection. ... We owe it to ourselves and our planet to read this book and think deeply about what we can do."
Science Blogs: Confessions of a Science Librarian
Part I: Thinking about Your Climate Choices
1: Can One Person Make a Difference?
2. Sweat the Right Stuff
3. The Weight of the Evidence: How We Know the Planet Is Warming
Part II Making Effective Climate Choices
4. Driving Down Emissions
5. Home Is Where the Heat Is
6. Taking Charge of Electricity at Home
7. A Low-Carbon Diet
8. The Right Stuff
Part III Rescuing the Future
9. Step Up, Connect, Transform
10. Stepping Up at Work
11. Making Government Work for Us
12. Welcome to Our Low-Carbon Future
Appendix A: Resources
Appendix B: Our Paths to 20: Team Member Statements about Reducing Our Own Carbon Footprints
Appendix C: An Explanation of Our Research and Analysis Methodology
Appendix D: Research Results
About the Authors