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Critical Trends Shaping the Future of Our Planet

The easiest way to learn about them is to read The Little Green Handbook. Endorsed by Nobel Laureate (expert in atmospheric science), praised by top academics and by common readers (see the compilation of comments) this book is the only publication in which all critical global trends (not just climate change) are discussed and presented in an easy-to-understand language. It is the essential guide for all those who are concerned about the future of our children.

First published in Australia in 2005, and a year later in the US, this book has been also translated into Chinese.

“This (not so) Little Green Handbook gives comprehensive information on many global topics which are of critical importance for the uncertain future of mankind. This great and easy-to-read collection will be of great use not only for the general public but also for researchers, economists, politicians, environmentalists and all those who look for reliable and accessible information.”
— Prof. Dr Paul J. Crutzen, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1995
, Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Chemie der Atmosphäre, Mainz, Germany. Professor Crutzen received his Noble Prize for his work on the formation and destruction of the stratospheric ozone layer.

"The Little Green Handbook should be bought and distributed widely; at this 'greatest turning point in our history' I suggest it be kept close at hand by all over the age of sixteen, especially your local pollie."
Dr Peter Beech, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia

“Clearly presented and thoroughly researched, The Little Green Handbook is an essential reference for anyone who cares about the future of the planet.
—Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer on politics at the New Yorker, a long-time New York Times reporter.

The most important and the most popular issue now discussed is the ongoing climate change. According to the Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, we now have only a small window of opportunity (Science 6 April 2007, vol. 316, p. 17). This calls for a quick and decisive action.

However, the problem of solving climate change is linked with other critical global trends. For instance, we shall not be able to solve this problem if we do not understand or ignore the dynamics of global population, the energy consumption by developed and developing nations, and the developing energy crisis. But there are also other interconnected links, which The Little Green Handbook will help to understand and appreciate.

The Little Green Handbook
A Guide to Critical Global Trends

(Australian edition, 2005)
Seven Trends Shaping the Future of Our Planet
(the US edition, 2006)

This book replaces The Seven Thunders published earlier in response to repeated requests for information. The Little Green Handbook is available via any bookshop in Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada. It can be also purchased online e.g. from and its branches in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and UK. There are also many other online bookstores in various parts of the world selling this book.
A compilation of extracts from comments and reviews of The Little Green Handbook. This page contains also some examples how The Little Green Handbook is helping people.
The launching speech by Professor Ian Lowe, AO at the launch of The Little Green Handbook, Brisbane, 8 March 2005.
Without our active participation is solving the problems associated with the current critical global trends our children will have no future.
A brief outline of the topics discussed in The Little Green Handbook. This article was published on the New Matilda website. You can download a pdf version of this article from their site.
Can climate change become uncontrollable?
Nitrogen is essential in food production, which is now supported strongly by nitrogen-based synthetic fertilisers. But do we really have to use them? The claim that the use of nitrogen-based fertilisers caused global population explosion is shown here to be incorrect. Likewise, the claimed essential role of synthetic fertilisers in feeding the world appears be also based on false premises.
Temperature data provide no evidence for the global Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age.
In just one hour the Sun delivers more energy than we consume globally in one year.
How much solar energy can we expect to harvest and use for the production of electricity?
Can nuclear energy be used to combat the problem of global warming? Is nuclear technology an answer to our ever-increasing energy consumption? Is it the energy of the future?
All you need to know about this ambitious geoengineering project to mitigate global warming.
A simple illustration how we waste planet's resources.
This was an ambitious project aimed at a compilation of practical solutions to environmental and social problems discussed in The Little Green Handbook. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, the project had to be put on hold.
Personal page: A few photos from our visit to New Zealand.
The most powerful antioxidants are oligomeric proanthocyanidines (OPCs). This page is soon going to be updated. Good news: after a brief debacle, there is again an outstanding source of antioxidants available, so come again and check it. (I have no financial share in it.)
If you really want to know.
Visit this site and learn about a fantastic, environmentally-friendly real estate project.
A compilation of some useful links.
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