The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change

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Paperback - September 2015 - AU $29.95

An intelligent and practical guide to help you prepare for the life changes we face from climate change.

Climate change has arrived, and it's not going away. In the absence of effective world action, global warming is certain to continue. The Handbook is not another book about climate change science or politics. Rather it is an intelligent guide, and a potential ground breaker, for all of us who feel helpless in the face of disagreement, and want to know in a practical way what we can do now. Not only will The Handbook help you prepare for increased droughts, floods, fires and heatwaves, it will provide you with stories and advice from individuals who are already quietly doing amazing things. Jane Rawson and James Whitmore, previously Environment editors for The Conversation, look at how to establish your risk and face your fears; where to live and with whom; and how to survive heat, fire and flood. They investigate ways to provide your own food, power and water, make sure you can still get around, and get rid of your waste and sewage. They talk about new ways to think about home and possessions, the sadness of living through climate change, and how, for both individual and common good, we might positively change the way we live. The Handbook is both practical and philosophical. It can be read cover-to-cover, or dipped into when you need specific advice. It can help you plan and execute a strategy to deal with the effects of climate change. It might change your life. But it should also make you ask, does it really have to be this way?


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Paperback | September 2015 | $ 29.95
ISBN: 9781921924934 | 272 pages


Jane Rawson has written a novel, A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, which won the Small Press Network’s 2014 ‘Most Underrated Book’ Award and was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel, and a novella, Formaldehyde. She was formerly the Environment and Energy Editor for news website, The Conversation. James Whitmore first heard about climate change when he was a kid. The problem, unfortunately, hasn’t gone away. He grew up in Tasmania, and now works in Melbourne as a journalist and editor, particularly on science and environmental issues. The Handbook is his first book.