This article showcases our top picks for the Best Books On Climate Change Science. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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Under a White Sky by Elizabeth Kolbert
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sixth Extinction returns to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment, now asking: After doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it? In Under a White Sky, Elizabeth Kolbert takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Along the way, she meets biologists who are trying to preserve the world’s rarest fish, which lives in a single tiny pool in the middle of the Mojave; engineers who are turning carbon emissions to stone in Iceland; Australian researchers who are trying to develop a “super coral” that can survive on a hotter globe; and physicists who are contemplating shooting tiny diamonds into the stratosphere to cool the earth.
The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
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The book is a clear depiction of the looming disaster of climate change. It is a well-timed book about the rising seas, sinking cities and the drenching effects of global warming. Jeff Goodell, an acclaimed journalist, has made a powerful reminder to the world of the possible future consequences of becoming a water world. He travelled across twelve countries to report from the front lines the vivid scenes of future catastrophe. All in all, this books is a clear realization of how we are burying our heads in the sand when the sand itself is disappearing rapidly. For anyone to know the facts of the coming water, this book is a must-read.
A Life on Our Planet by Sir David Attenborough
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In this scientifically informed account of the changes occurring in the world over the last century, award-winning broadcaster and natural historian shares a lifetime of wisdom and a hopeful vision for the future. See the world. Then make it better. I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet is my witness statement, and my vision for the future. It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake — and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right. We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited. All we need is the will to do so.
The New Climate War by Michael E. Mann
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Distinguished Atmospheric Science Professor, Michael E. Mann, recently published. The New Climate War to pull readers out of climate despair and educate them on how to take action on this battle for our planet. Mann describes how fossil fuel corporations have waged a thirty-year campaign deflecting blame and liability for climate change. Their successful campaign placed an inordinate emphasis on individuals as important for fixing climate change, leaving many individuals to feel responsible about a crime they did not commit. Mann offers a plan for forcing our governments and companies to wake up and make positive change while giving readers a pathway to join the movement.
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates
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Bill Gates has spent a decade exploring the causes and effects of climate change.With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide toward certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only tells why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also reveals what we need to do to achieve this completely great goal. He gives us a clear-eyed depiction of the claims we face. Finally, he lays out a concrete, practical plan for reaching the goal of zero emissions-advised not only policies that rules should adopt, but what we as people can do to keep our government, our employers, and ourselves liable in this pivotal enterprise.
The Fragile Earth by David Remnick
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I think if you are coming up with a list of the best books on Climate Change, you gotta include this as it is a collection of some of the most well-researched, provocative, sometimes controversial, long-form essays that have appeared in the New Yorker magazine. One notable piece is William McKibben’s 1989 piece The End of Nature, which a lot of people at the time considered too speculative. Other notable writers featured are Elizabeth Kolbert and Kathryn Schulz.