Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet

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Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet

Everyday Things to Help Solve Global Warming

By Eric Sorensen; Staff of Sightline Institute

Sierra Club Books, Paperback, 9781578051458, 120pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

Description

What do a clothesline, a locally grown tomato, and a microchip have in common? They’re all ordinary things that can have an extraordinary impact in the fight against global warming. Carbon dioxide from vehicles, appliances, heating and cooling systems, and other common devices is thickening the Earth’s atmosphere and causing dangerous climate changes around the globe. But some everyday things like the seven wonders described in this book can vastly reduce these impacts. The wonders are profiled in short, lively chapters that also explore the key issues behind global warming: transportation ("The Bicycle"), population ("The Condom"), fossil fuel efficiency ("The Ceiling Fan"), renewable energy ("The Clothesline"), food production and distribution ("The Real Tomato"), resource conservation and reuse ("The Library Book"), and the information economy ("The Microchip"). With its inspiring vision and simple but sound explanations of complex processes, this hopeful little book offers a powerful template for personal action.



About the Author
Eric Sorensen has been on the water since the 1960s in all manner of commercial, pleasure, coast guard, and navy vessels. Eric is the founder of Sorensen Associates, a Cape Cod - based consulting firm specializing in analyzing pleasure boat and yacht design, construction, performance, and safety. His boat reviews and articles have appeared in many major consumer and trade boating publications, including "Boating", "Power and Motoryacht", "Professional BoatBuilder", "WoodenBoat", "Yachting", and "Yachts International". He also offers boat reviews and related services on his Web site, www.boatrite.com.