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To: My nieces and nephews, Lydia-Jo, Edie, Lizzie, Jake, Sam, Harry and Hollie


I would like to thank Professor Douglas Crawford-Brown, Caroline Kaufmann, Dr. Kay Ullmann, Brian McDonnell, Manish Agarwal, Benjamin Warr, Gillian Cramm and Peter Goldmark for their contributions to a solutions-focused book.

The material it contains has been the product of over a decade worth of thinking and studying the subject from every conceivable angle, and has taken me on a personal journey through business and academia, from conviviality to solitude and back again - during which I have also read and studied over 100 books on the subject.  I hope this book (here on this blog), freely given, serves as a useful reference to for those interested in the most pressing issue of our age.  Please feel free to comment.

Over the course of the next 11 months, I will release a new chapter of the book on the 1st of each month, starting this May 2019.  That will take us to March 2020 - through Brexit and on towards the US election where Climate Change will hopefully be a key discussion point.




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P is the global population;

G is world GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and g = (G/P) the global per-capita GDP;

E is global primary energy consumption and …

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1. The composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, as temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloudiness, and winds, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years; and

2. A region or area characterized by a given climate: to move to a warm climate.

Weather is defined as:

1. The state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc.; and

2. A strong wind or storm or strong winds and storms colle…