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Without the hot air®

We are best known for our award-winning Without the hot air® series of books, which explain important issues in clear language, and without the hot air and hype that usually accompany them. 

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Sustainable Energy - without the hot air

Cutting through the hype to reveal the facts about sustainable energy, David MacKay presents the numbers behind sustainable energy in an understandable way.



Drugs - without the hot air: Minimising the harms of legal and illegal drugs

Former government adviser David Nutt lays out the truth about the real harms posed by many drugs, from alcohol to heroin and everything in between.


Urban Transport - without the hot air: Volume 1 Sustainable solutions for UK cities

Steve Melia debunks several myths about urban transport and looks at the ways in which key cities in the UK and Europe are tackling urban transport problems.

£19.95 pb / £39.99 hb

Published 4th June 2015

News in Brief...

David Mackay knighted in New Years Honours

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Professor David Mackay, author of Sustainable Energy - without the hot air has been recognised with a knighthood for services to Scientific Advice in Government and Science Outreach.


Bill Gates names Sustainable Materials one of "The Best Books I Read in 2015".

UIT - Resources - sustainable Materials - x 600Bill Gates read the 1st edition of the book earlier in 2015, and reviewed it in his 2015 book roundup in his blog. "I learned a lot from this thoughtful look at a critical topic." he says.


Road closures are needed if traffic levels are to drop, says Steve Melia

UIT - Resources - Urban Transport x 150 wideImproving public transport services will do little to cut traffic levels without “constraints” such as road closures, pedestrianisation and road user charging, according to Dr Steve Melia, speaking at the Intelligent City Mobility event.

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David MacKay wins 2016 Breakthrough Paradigm Award

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Breakthrough Institute is proud to announce David MacKay as the 2016 Breakthrough Paradigm Award winner. The Paradigm Award is bestowed annually to individuals whose work has made major contributions to realizing a future where all the world's inhabitants can enjoy secure, free, and prosperous lives on an ecologically vibrant planet.

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