From Bill Gates’s How to Avoid a Climate Disaster to Chiara Marletto’s revolutionary recasting of physics, The Science of Can and Can’t, 2021 is a blockbuster year for popular science books


30 December 2020

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Saving the planet

FOR good reason, this year is billed as the year we must come together to save human civilisation.

Fortunately, the technology needed to achieve a zero-carbon economy is surprisingly straightforward. Less easy is getting some 8 billion cantankerous primates to agree on a single course of action.

Help is at hand from a wide array of books. The first up is from Mike Berners-Lee of the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University, UK. He finds himself already having to update his 2019 bestseller, There is No Planet B: A handbook for the …