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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
greensmart 2010 79 The big picture: reflections on science, humanity and a quickly changing planet By David Suzuki and Dave Robert Taylor Modern life can be overwhelming; with so much information available it leaves us confused about what we can really do to be environmentally friendly. Renowned scientist and educator David Suzuki and journalist Dave Robert Taylor have put together a selection of essays that help us ask the right questions about how we can do our bit to balance the modern world. Topics covered include the suburban sprawl, car culture and sustainable transport, protecting diversity of life, and food shortages. The authors propose science-based solutions to these problems, and predict dire results otherwise -- unless we find a better way to live our lives our species will ultimately reach its end. ISBN: 9781742371245 Published by Allen & Unwin RRP: $29.99 green reads New green homes: the latest in sustainable living By Sergi Costa Duran, Ethel Baraona Pohl and Liliana Bollini This book looks at the latest innovations in sustainable architecture and design. Studying a range of projects including houses, apartments, lofts and cabins, the authors look at green design from an ecological and economic point of view. They consider the amount of energy that goes into manufacturing a product, how sustainable it is, its life expectancy and whether it can be recycled or safely disposed of over time. Each project comes with photographs, floor and aerial plans, and drawings illustrating its sustainable features. It is an excellent resource for homeowners, designers and builders who also want to build with as little environmental impact as possible. ISBN: 9780061927997 Published by Collins Design USA, available in Australia from Harper Collins Aust. RRP: $65.00 Greening our built world: costs, benefits and strategies By Gregory Kats Green buildings are usually thought to cost more to build than conventional constructions, but a new study has estimated they add just two per cent more to the bill. The research, based on financial and technical analysis of more than 170 buildings across 11 countries, also found that green buildings offer a wide range of health and social benefits, as well as long-term financial savings in energy costs. Throughout this book, leading practitioners in green building design including architects, developers and property owners, share their experiences, and author Gregory Kats, who has worked as director of financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the US Department of Energy, makes a compelling argument for green buildings. ISBN: 9781597266680 Published by Island Press, USA, available in Australia from CSIRO Publishing RRP: $69.95 The CSIRO home energy saving handbook: how to save energy, save money and reduce your carbon footprint By John Wright, Peter Osman and Peta Ashworth The CSIRO has been at the forefront of research into the impact of energy use on climate change, and this handbook shows us what we can do to cut down our usage, without cutting back on our lifestyles. This easy-to-read book offers practical advice on how to measure and reduce our carbon footprint in all areas of modern living, including what to look for when considering renewable energy, ways to save on shopping and transport, and making the most of your garden. The CSIRO reminds us that it is possible to be eco friendly, save money and remain just as materially comfortable. ISBN: 9781405039611 Published by Pan Macmillan Australia RRP: $29.99 bookreviews