This is an entirely subjective list of the best books on the topic of climate change that I have read:
You’ve heard the dire warnings of The Weather Makers and An Inconvenient Truth – now, in The Geography of Hope, read how people all over the world are already combating climate change. Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Chris Turner breathes new life into hope for our planet’s future on a global adventure through the state-of-the-art in sustainable living, a patchwork map of the solutions to potentially catastrophic climate change already available, and an argument for a new environmentalism built on exuberance in place of fear.
I read The Geography of Hope last year, and found it inspirational. Click here for more.
I love this book! It’s an interesting, funny, well-written account of a New Yorker and his young family who attempt to live for a year with as little impact on the planet as possible. Marion Nestle wrote this summary of the book: (click here for more)
Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming by James Hoggan (with Richard Littlemore). “This book explains how the propaganda generated by self-interest groups has purposely created confusion about climate change. It’ s an imperative read for a successful future,” says the quote from Leonardo Dicaprio from the jacket of Climate Cover-Up. This book will disturb you and make you angry, but it is an important book to read, as this excerpt demonstrates:
We are standing at the edge of a cliff. Behind us is a considerable crowd, 6.7 billion people and counting, and below in a…(click here for more)
Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by former American Vice President Al Gore. Mr. Gore has written a book that clearly outlines that humanity has available to it all of the tools needed to solve the climate crisis. The solutions are there, and Mr. Gore shows them to us in 404 fact-filled and objective pages. If we collectively choose to end our addiction to fossil fuels, Gore assures us:
We can solve the climate crisis. It will be hard, to be sure, but if we can make the choice to solve it, I have no doubt whatsoever that we can and will succeed.
In the final chapter Mr. Gore offers two versions of a letter from our generation to the next. The first one explains what we did right and why it worked to avert a climate-change disaster. The other attempts to explain why we did not act, in the face of undeniable evidence that we must. This, Mr. Gore reminds us, in the choice we are faced with. Click here to go to the Our Choice website.
“Recent scientific evidence has…given us a picture of the physical impacts on our world that we can expect as our climate changes. And those impacts go far beyond the environmental. Their consequences reach to the very heart of the security agenda.” Margaret Beckett, former British foreign secretary
This is the quote that opens Gwynne Dyer’s book, Climate Wars. Mr Dyer is a London-based independent Canadian journalist, syndicated columnist and military historian. In 2010 he received the Order of Canada.
Climate Wars takes a look at the world faces in the coming decades, because of the (to date) grossly inadequate response of most governments to the threat that climate change poses. Some of the expected consequences of runaway climate change in the decades ahead are dwindling resources, massive population shifts, natural disasters, spreading epidemics, drought, rising sea levels, plummeting agricultural yields, devastated economies, and political extremism. Any one of these could tip the world towards conflict. Mr. Dyer points out that the military forces of both the United States and Britain have taken this threat seriously for years, although under George W. Bush’s presidency, it was dangerous to one’s career to be seen treating climate change as a real and serious phenomenon. Climate Wars was a difficult read for me, because it paints a very unpleasant picture of the future if we continue down the path we are on, and my children are going to be part of that future. However, this is the kind of well-documented truth-telling that needs to be heard these days, so I recommend it. More links: Gwynne Dyer’s home page, and Climate Wars on Random House.ca. Also, the book is discussed on the blog Climate Insight in some detail – click here to read that discussion.
These books are on my bookshelf waiting to be read and possibly added to this list in the future:
- Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – And How It Can Renew America by Thomas Friedman
- The Weather Makers: How We Are Changing the Climate And What It Means for Life On Earth by Tim Flannery