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In this volume, Professor N.F. Gray offers a comprehensive primer on climate change, sustainability, and how the two concepts are related. This book consists of fifteen chapters, each treating a specific aspect of the current global crisis, including scientific background as well as an up to date appraisal of the issue at hand. It covers the reasons behind climate change and the effect it will have on the planet and on the reader directly. Gray also presents readers with the means to assess their own environmental impact and details positive individual and community actions to address global warming.

“Climate change,” “global warming,” and “sustainability” are phrases that almost everyone has heard, whether on the news or around the dinner table. The increasing frequency of major events such as droughts, severe storms, and floods are beginning to make these concepts inescapable, and being fully informed is an absolute necessity for students and indeed for us all.

Nick Gray (PhD, ScD) is a founding member of the Environmental Sciences Unit (1979) at Trinity College Dublin, which was the first center for postgraduate research and training in environmental science and technology in Ireland. He has written a number of books and over 150 research papers and book chapters, and currently serves as the Director of the Trinity Centre for the Environment.



The Concept of Living Sustainably


Chapter 1. Defining the Problem

In a global context there are two major pressures affecting planet health and these are population and climate change but how are they related? This chapter explores global population trends and introduces the effects of clime change
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Chapter 2. What Is Sustainability?

In this chapter we explore the meaning of sustainability and how it can help and hinder our response to dealing with global warming.
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Chapter 3. The Concept of Resources

Are resources really going to run out and does renewable really mean that they are inexhaustible? In this chapter we explore the problems of ensuring that we have enough resources for all future generations.
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Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming


Chapter 4. Global Warming and CO2

What is the greenhouse effect and do greenhouse gases cause global warming? In this chapter we explore the science behind the processes that are driving global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels relentlessly upwards causing our planet to heat up.
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Chapter 5. Measuring CO2 Emissions

In order to achieve carbon reduction targets we need to be able to accurately measure our greenhouse gas emissions. In this chapter we explore the concept of carbon footprints, how they are comprised and importantly how they can be reduced.
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Chapter 6. The Real Cost of Carbon

The major mechanism to control emissions is to set a price on greenhouse gases that both encourages energy efficiency and investment in low-energy systems, but also stimulates the development of low-carbon technologies. In this chapter we explore how the price is fixed and how this is implemented.
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Chapter 7. Ecological Footprint

To tackle the problem of global warming and climate change effectively we need reliable measures of both the impact of man’s activities as well as the ability of planet Earth to sustain us. Here we are going to explore ecological and sustainability measures and indicators.
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Our Use of Resources


Chapter 8. Energy: Green or Otherwise

Energy demand is expected to rise by 30 % globally by 2040, so how will this extra energy be generated and what effect will this have on greenhouse gas emissions? In this chapter we discuss energy use and the future of specific energy sources, including how energy consumption can be minimized.
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Chapter 9. Travel: Here, There, Everywhere

Travel and transportation is a major component of our personal and business footprints as well as a key source of global greenhouse gases. In this chapter we explore travel emissions in detail and how to minimize them.
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Chapter 10. Having Enough to Eat

The food that we eat and more importantly discard creates a very large personal carbon footprint that is hugely understated or ignored by most general carbon footprint calculators. In this chapter we explore where greenhouse gases arise in the food industry and how we can significantly reduce them at both production and consumption levels. The problem of food security and scarcity are also explored.
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Chapter 11. Where Does Water Fit in?

In this chapter we examine the problem of water scarcity and water security and how this will be affected by global warming. The idea that water is a peak resource is explored as is the use of water footprinting.
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Chapter 12. Waste Not Want Not

The symbol above is synonymous with recycling but how effective is recycling and why is it important? In this chapter we explore the concept of recycling, who is doing what and how this equates to reducing your personal carbon footprint. Does it make a difference in terms of global warming and making resources more sustainable?.
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Responding to the Impact of Global Warming


Chapter 13. The Planet’s Health

In this chapter we explore the processes that control the planet’s ecosystems and how global warming is altering them. The contribution from natural processes are compared to those from man’s activities.Sea level rise, ocean acidification, permafrost, methane hydrate, wildfires are all considered along with the concept of tipping points.
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Chapter 14. Your Health and Wellbeing

The effect of climate change on health is quite complex with a range of positive but mostly negative effects linked to existing problems relating to poverty, food and water scarcity. Predictions suggest that most mortalities will arise due to the frequency or severity of familiar health problems which will be made worse by global warming affecting those already at risk. The effects will be both direct and indirect, and can be broken down into a number of key health risks. The chapter also explores the effect of global warming on personal wellbeing and suggests what you can do to make a difference.
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Chapter 15. In Your Hands!

The other day a friend of mine made a general observation which made me sit up and rethink a few things. She said ‘people live as if there is no tomorrow’, and I suddenly realized that she was absolutely right. There is a kind of manic intensity in our lives that is driven by a need to succeed and be seen as successful. I suppose it all started with the idea of empowerment which is a great thing, you know the phrase ‘if you believe in yourself enough you can achieve anything.’ Then hijacked by the advertisers…remember the slogan ‘because you are worth it’, a concept subsequently driven by social media until we have ended up at the end of 2013 with the most widely used new word to be included in the 2014 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, Selfism.
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