How Bad Are Bananas – Mike Berners-Lee


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.


This is fantastic!

It’s an eye-opening, easy to read book that details all the carbon footprints of various items and activities etc. Most of which are unexpected and surprising.

It’s educational and written in an engaging way with threads of humour throughout (despite the depressing topic!)

A fantastic way to get across the message of needing to reduce our carbon footprints and bursting of the brim of information to help aid our choices.

Would recommend this to everyone !


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