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What would it be like to live in a low carbon world? Where our houses are heated not by gas, but by solar energy; where our cars run not on oil but on electricity; and where the countryside is empty of cows but full of new energy and food crops. Governments may talk about reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by eighty per cent by 2050, but any pursuit of significant change will require drastic changes in either our energy supply or our lifestyles, or preferably a combination of both. Combining theory, case studies and speculative fiction, a range of contributors, from leading UK academics to pioneering renewable activists, create a compelling picture of the potential perks and pitfalls of a low carbon future.


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What would it be like to live in a low carbon world? Where our houses are heated not by gas, but by solar energy; where our cars run not on oil but on electricity; and where the countryside is empty of cows but full of new energy and food crops. Governments may talk about reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by eighty per cent by 2050, but any pursuit of significant change will require drastic changes in either our energy supply or our lifestyles, or preferably a combination of both. Combining theory, case studies and speculative fiction, a range of contributors, from leading UK academics to pioneering renewable activists, create a compelling picture of the potential perks and pitfalls of a low carbon future.


Contents

Introduction; H.Herring
PART I: POLICY
Why a Low-carbon Society; S.Peake
Low Carbon Living in 2050; N.Hole
What is the Carbon Footprint of a Decent Life?; A.Druckman & T.Jackson
Transport and Mobility Choices in 2050; S.Potter
A Low Carbon Transition; N.Strachan & T.Foxon
PART II: CASE STUDIES
Case Studies in Low Carbon Living; R.Roy
Designing and Creating my Low Carbon Home; C.Mitchell
Land Use Scenario 2050; G.Crabb & A.Thorogood
Zero Carbon Britain: Time to Say 'we will'; T.Hawkes
Low Carbon Society in Switzerland; B.Girod
PART III: STORIES
Little Greenham; J.Goodman
The Housing Ladder; R.Levett
The Refugee; T.Hawkes
The Gun and the Sun; H.Herring
Conclusion; H.Herring



Authors

HORACE HERRING is a freelance writer, editor and researcher, specialising in energy efficiency, and sustainable consumption and communities. He is Visiting Research Fellow at the Energy and Environment Research Unit of the Open University, UK.