by: Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor believes we are now being fed a distorted understanding of changes in global climate, due to the needs of politicians and lobbyists for simple answers, slogans and targets. The resulting policy - a 60% reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 - he says would have a huge impact upon landscape, community and biodiversity. On the basis of his studies of satellite data, cloud cover, ocean and solar cycles, he concludes that the main driver of recent global warming has been an unprecedented combination of natural events. He proposes that the current threat is a period of global cooling, the risks of which are potentially greater than global warming and on a more immediate time scale. Drawing on his experience of energy policy and sustainability, Taylor suggests practical steps that should be taken now. He urges a shift away from mistaken policies that attempt to avert inevitable natural changes, to an adaptation to a climate that is likely overall to turn significantly cooler.
410pp, 156mm x 234mm, Paperback, 2009