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David MacKay: Sustainable Energy -- Without the Hot Air

Nominated by Joe Romm.

WithoutHotAir_book.jpgI'd like to recognize David MacKay for his wonderful guide: Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air. MacKay has not merely written an outstanding and highly readable textbook on every aspect of carbon-saving energy -- he has put it all online for free.

In this book, you will learn about every kind of low carbon energy, from wind and solar to wave and tidal from hybrid cars to efficient heating and cooling. This is a book for people who like no-nonsense numbers, people who like to do back-of-the-envelope calculations, people who want to know the difference between essentially meaningless advice, like "switch off your mobile phone charger when it's not in use," and the serious strategies and policies that could actually make a difference in humanity's desperate effort to avert catastrophic climate impacts.

Talk090313DetailSmall.jpgYes, the book is pitched towards Great Britain, but MacKay expands his horizon even to the crucial technology of concentrated solar power in his chapter, "Living on the other countries' renewables?" If you want the meat and potatoes of sustainable energy, this book needs to be on your shelf -- or downloaded on your PC.

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Thanks for the book review. Very useful

Posted by: Fabian Pattberg on 10 Jul 09

He's a great speaker too - no nonsense and direct. Very refreshing :-)

Posted by: John Kazer on 11 Jul 09

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