Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have

Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have

by Tatiana Schlossberg


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"A compelling-and illuminating-look at how our daily habits impact the environment."— Vanity Fair

"If you're looking for something to cling to in what often feels like a hopeless conversation, Schlossberg's darkly humorous, knowledge-is-power, eyes-wide-open approach may be just the thing."— Vogue

"Shows how even the smallest decisions can have profound environmental consequences." —The New York Times

From a former New York Times science writer, this urgent call to action will empower you to stand up to climate change and environmental pollution by making simple but impactful everyday choices.

With urgency and wit, Tatiana Schlossberg explains that far from being only a distant problem of the natural world created by the fossil fuel industry, climate change is all around us, all the time, lurking everywhere in our convenience-driven society, all without our realizing it.

By examining the unseen and unconscious environmental impacts in four areas-the Internet and technology, food, fashion, and fuel - Schlossberg helps readers better understand why climate change is such a complicated issue, and how it connects all of us: How streaming a movie on Netflix in New York burns coal in Virginia; how eating a hamburger in California might contribute to pollution in the Gulf of Mexico; how buying an inexpensive cashmere sweater in Chicago expands the Mongolian desert; how destroying forests from North Carolina is necessary to generate electricity in England.

Cataloging the complexities and frustrations of our carbon-intensive society with a dry sense of humor, Schlossberg makes the climate crisis and its solutions interesting and relevant to everyone who cares, even a little, about the planet. She empowers readers to think about their stuff and the environment in a new way, helping them make more informed choices when it comes to the future of our world.

Most importantly, this is a book about the power we have as voters and consumers to make sure that the fight against climate change includes all of us and all of our stuff, not just industry groups and politicians. If we have any hope of solving the problem, we all have to do it together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538747087
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 27,622
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tatiana Schlossberg is a journalist writing about climate change and the environment. She previously reported on those subjects for the Science and Climate sections of the New York Times, where she also worked on the Metro desk. Her work has also appeared in the Atlantic, Bloomberg View, the Record (Bergen County), and the Vineyard Gazette. She lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Technology and the Internet 9

The Physical Internet 13

Bringing the Cloud to Earth 23

Taking It Offline: E-Commerce 37

Silicon Valley: A Toxic Waste Dump? You Decide 46

Mining for Tech 52

Vampire Power 56

The Tech We Throw Away 63

Food 71

The Greediest Crop 76

Wasting Away 86

Organic Food: How Good Is It? 95

How Far Our Food Goes 105

A Sea of Troubles 113

Fashion 123

Thirsty for Denim 130

Athleisure Forever! 140

Fast Fashion, but Going Nowhere 149

It's Not Wood, It's Rayon 157

The Yarn That Makes a Desert 163

Fuel 171

The Other Problem with Coal 177

The Wood for the Trees 187

Staying Cool, Getting Hotter 195

The Great Big Cargo Route in the Sky 202

Shipping: The World in a Box 210

Cars, Trucks, and Justice 218

Hitching a Ride(share) 224

Conclusion 231

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 241

About the Author 279

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