Climate Change Begins at Home Life on the two-way street of global warming

Posted: 25 October 2005

Author: David Reay, Macmillan, £16.99/$24.95hb, 2005

This is a compelling call for individual action on climate change, written in a popular but highly informative style.

The author explains how the next hundred years could see coastlines and islands submerged as the planet is ravaged by heat waves, hurricanes, droughts, floods and therefore by pests, disease, famine and displacement.

While government and industry dither, he argues, all of us can and must cut our personal greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent - the level necessary to halt the current trend according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Reay reveals the climate impact of housing, gardening, food, money, work, transport, death - Christmas even. And his lively case studies, calculations, and lifestyle comparisons, make this a witty and authoritative call-to-action. It makes the complexities of climatology clear and challenges readers to rethink notions of 'doing their bit'.

Among those who have praised this title is Mark Lynas, whose own book on climate change High Tide has been very well received (See link to review on our Climate/Books page). Of this latest contribution to the subject he says: 'Dave Reay has succeeded where so many scientists, academics and environmentalists have failed - in bringing climate change down to the level of the ordinary family. If you're not convinced about climate change, this book will change your mind. It may even change your life.

Dave Reay, a climatologist at Edinburgh University, edits a climate change website which may be seen at www.ghgonline.org.