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Climate Change Begins at Home - The Book

Now Out in Paperback. Published by Macmillan

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"This is a genuine attempt to demonstrate that, contrary to popular belief, the individual can change the world. Entertaining and accessible.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency


"Personally, I've been inspired by Climate Change Begins at Home."

Lisa Burke, Sky News


"A sparky journey through the connections between global climate and everyday decisions - and how to change them."

Joe Smith, Open University


"Dave Reay’s book Climate Change Begins At Home was a huge inspiration to us when making our films."

Nicolas Brown, director BBC1/Discovery Channel, Climate Chaos with Sir David Attenborough


"I think it's the most important book I've ever read."

Nicholas Crane, presenter BBC Coast


"Dave Reay has done a good job of answering the question: What can I do?. You will learn everything you need to know about cutting your contribution to emissions of greenhouse gases, and some good ideas for turning climate saving into a communal activity."

Times Higher Education Supplement


"It is not often that one comes upon a book on the environment that manages to be passionate, extremely well informed, and also very funny. Climate Change Begins at Home should be enough to convince anybody that they should do something about climate change and that they can do something about it, while still enjoying a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle."

Robin Harper MSP, 'Books of the Year' in The Herald


"This is one of the most easily readable popular science books I've seen in several years, it's practical rather than ridiculous, it puts the case without being preachy - it really is a wonderfully effective description of the realities of climate change, how it will effect us and our families, and what we as individuals can do about it. So go out and buy one. (In fact, buy two and send one to the world leader or large company CEO of your choice.)."

Popular Science Review


"From page one, this book is not only informative, it is very entertaining and incredibly readable. This book is about more than doing your bit; it is an inspiring document to how individuals really hold the keys to the future of our own planet."

Make A Difference - The M.A.D. Show


"If anybody has packed more common sense into such a small space as David Reay has accomplished with this book, I've missed it. 5 Stars"

Stephen Haines, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer


"This entertaining and authoritative book makes the complexities of climatology understandable and challenges readers to rethink their notions of 'doing their bit'. Particularly effective in communicating the science of climate change and what are likely to be its rather scary consequences in the 21st century."

Book of the Week, Caspar Henderson on


"Someday your grandchildren will ask why our generation lived as if fossil fuels were problem-free. Dave Reay's book might help you answer their question."

Northern Sky News


"Brilliant work - I am a fan"

Penney Poyzer of BBC2's 'No Waste Like Home'


"Take one gas-guzzling, patio-heated, SUV-in-the-front-yard family. And change them. That is Reay's task in this excellent primer on how to cut your contribution to climate change."

Fred Pearce, BBC Focus.


"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."

Mark Lynas author of High Tide.


"How can David Reay be this wise, and still so funny? If you want to get to grips with your own CO2 emissions - from air- freighted grapes to the family runaround - this Edinburgh boffin has written a brilliant book. It's also incredibly motivating. Read it and see."

Nicola Baird, Friends of the Earth.


"I can only admire Dave Reay. His delivery is as blunt as Ozzy Osbourne's: start making green changes to your day-to-day life or we're stuffed. Rammed with lifestyle tips and facts, it'd be dizzying if it wasn't for Reay's layman style, knack for gags and knowledge of real life. Also great is the sense of urgency in his facts, brought home to a local level - if climate change continues, more homes will flood, roads will crack and old relatives will drop like the proverbial flies in summer heatwaves."

Adam Vaughan, HippyShopper


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

People and


"Dave Reay has done a good job of answering the question: What can I do?. You will learn everything you need to know about cutting your contribution to emissions of greenhouse gases, and some good ideas for turning climate saving into a communal activity."

Times Higher Education Supplement


"Superb. It cleverly connects climate change to everyday life and provides an insight into the destructive powers of modern life."

"Informative and engagingly written. A cornucopia of good advice about reducing your carbon dioxide emissions"


Dave ReayKeeping Greenhouse Gas Online up to date can be hard work at the best of times. In March of 2004, the publishers Macmillan approached me with the idea of writing a book about how climate change is going to affect you and me, and how we affect it. It was to be called Climate Change Begins at Home: life on the two-way street of global warming. I jumped at the chance. Most weekends since then have seen me tapping away at this keyboard, doing yet another wordcount and losing more hair from my already draughty head.

Writing this book, there was no way I could also keep up with cataloging every climate change-related paper that was published. I've just about been able to keep the News pages of the site ticking over but something had to go, and I'm afraid the paper-cataloging was it. From all the positive e-mails to the site I've received, it seems most people are untroubled by the lack of links to 'The Carbon dioxide emissions of air-borne Drosophila' and similarly riveting reads, which makes me feel much better. I hope many of the visitors to Greenhouse Gas Online will read the book and, more importantly, enjoy it. In the mean time it's back to the writing - remember the picture above, as next time you see me that receding hairline will be somewhere amongst the trees.

Best wishes,

Dave Reay



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