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Book review: Ten Technologies to Save the Planet

It takes a certain sort of dork to bother reading about carbon-sequestration and hydrogen fuel cells on the bus going home. But then I did suffer through a degree in enzymology.

I love this book for its level-headed, factual and helpful explanations of what technologies are making the difference. Goodall is neither an evangelist nor a geek—just a plain-speaking engineer. He covers the technologies—electric cars, carbon storage, eco-housing and so on—in plenty of detail. One major omission, however, is the role of nuclear in providing safe, clean power. It’s almost as if Goodall doesn’t want it to exist.

Of course a lot will change in a year, so better to read Ten Technologies now. As a primer on the workings and economics of green tech, this is a terrific little book.