The 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), issued last year, highlights "the importance of lifestyle changes," said Rajendra Pachauri [head of the IPCC] at a press conference in Paris. "This is something that the IPCC was afraid to say earlier, but now we have said it....tame carnivorous impulses". Don't buy things "simply because they're available..." [*]
Also some excerpts from the State of the World 2009 report:
** Approximately two-thirds of the energy fed into the world's power plants is wasted-released into the environment as heat. (p. 142)
** it is technically and economically feasible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fast enough .
** The process of tilling soil releases CO2 into the atmosphere.
** Perennial crops store more carbon in the soil than annually planted ones.
The report can be downloaded here.
[*] Lifestyle changes can curb climate change: IPCC chief
Jan 15, 2008