If you watched 'An Inconvenient Truth', Al Gore's feature-length documentary about climate change and promptly determined to make an effort to reduce your own carbon footprint - but never quite got round to it - Mark Lynas' Carbon Counter is the book that you need. In a handy pocket-sized Collins Gem format, this absorbing little book will help you to calculate the amount of carbon dioxide that you are responsible for and show you where you can make a difference.

The Carbon Counter is, however, orientated for the English market so the details of grants and government initiatives won't be exactly useful in Ireland but it still gives you an idea of where to go looking for information and what you need to ask about. A very useful and worthwhile little publication.

Caroline Hennessy