Mike Berners-Lee

  • Changement climatique, biodiversité, énergie fossile, antibiotiques, plastique, nourriture... La liste des préoccupations écologiques est interminable. Mais quelle est la plus urgente ? Quelles sont les conséquences de nos actions et que devons-nous faire en premier lieu ? Faut-il devenir végétariens ? Arrêter de prendre l'avion ? Et, étant donné la nature mondiale des défis auxquels nous sommes désormais confrontés, sur quoi avons-nous réellement un impact ?

    Mike Berners-Lee envisage les solutions possibles et propose un plan d'action réaliste, aussi concret qu'instructif. Organisé sous la forme de questions-réponses, ce livre aborde toutes les thématiques actuelles : alimentation, climat, énergie, transport, économie, population, technologie et éthique. Par le biais d'analyses et de faits étonnants, il offre une vue d'ensemble des défis environnementaux, sociaux et économiques ainsi que des possibilités que nous avons pour y faire face.

    Laissez-vous inspirer et trouvez ce qui peut faire de vous, à votre échelle, un acteur du changement...

  • How Bad Are Bananas? was a groundbreaking book when first published in 2009, when most of us were hearing the phrase 'carbon footprint' for the first time. Mike Berners-Lee set out to inform us what was important (aviation, heating, swimming pools) and what made very little difference (bananas, naturally packaged, are good!). This new edition updates all the figures (from data centres to hosting a World Cup) and introduces many areas that have become a regular part of modern life - Twitter, the Cloud, Bitcoin, electric bikes and cars, even space tourism. Berners-Lee runs a considered eye over each area and gives us the figures to manage and reduce our own carbon footprint, as well as to lobby our companies, businesses and government. His findings, presented in clear and even entertaining prose, are often surprising. And they are essential if we are to address climate change.

  • We all know deep down that these are the "make or break" years for humanity and the planet and that we cannot flee to another world: but what can any of us really do about it? Framed around the key fascinating questions, it offers a big picture perspective on our biggest environmental and economic challenges.

  • Anglais The curve


    The Burning Question reveals climate change to be the most fascinating scientific, political and social puzzle in history. It shows that carbon emissions are still accelerating upwards, following an exponential curve that goes back centuries. One reason is that saving energy is like squeezing a balloon: reductions in one place lead to increases elsewhere. Another reason is that clean energy sources don't in themselves slow the rate of fossil fuel extraction.

    Tackling global warming will mean persuading the world to abandon oil, coal and gas reserves worth many trillions of dollars - at least until we have the means to put carbon back in the ground. The burning question is whether that can be done. What mix of politics, psychology, economics and technology might be required? Are the energy companies massively overvalued, and how will carbon-cuts affect the global economy? Will we wake up to the threat in time? And who can do what to make it all happen?