25 books on climate change (Old is Gold 2006-2020) – Readers list 4

When we read the news about how much time we have to try to avoid irreversible, devastating climate change, we may feel overwhelmed, especially if we wish to limit our carbon footprint or take action to save the environment. There are many climate change books that are outlined for this topic (old is gold), and at times you may like the writing style of an author more than the other, or maybe the overall presentation. So before putting up this script I would like to thank all the fellow friends who have helped me add these books which are not included in the Readers List 1, 2, and 3. These books are supposed to be thrilling ones.

Just to give you a recap, this blog is part 4 of the Climate Change Readers list. Those who have not explored the books that I have highlighted in the previous 15 Climate Change Books to read in 2022 โ€“ Readers list 1 are encouraged to do so.

A short disclaimer; I haven't read all the books and I have compiled these titles basis the recommondation that I recieved from my fellow climate enthusiasts and readers. I have only read first 7 books out of the listed 30.

The following 25 books on climate change are excellent resources to read when you feel helpless about what you can do to help protect our environment – as well as to share with friends and family who are still trying to comprehend the threat of climate change.

#1

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

An important work that combines intellectual history and natural history with reporting on the field to give us an accurate picture of the mass extinction unfolding right before our eyes. The diversity of life on earth abruptly and dramatically decreased five times over the last half a billion years.

The sixth extinction is now being monitored around the world by researchers. This is predicted to be the most devastating event since the asteroid impact which wiped out the dinosaurs. However, this time it is humans who are responsible for the disaster.

A decade’s worth of research from Elizabeth draws on dozens of disciplines, as she goes on field trips with many of them: geologists studying deep ocean cores, botanists following the tree line up the Andes, marine biologists diving off the Great Barrier Reef. The Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino are among the species she introduces, some extinct already and others in danger of disappearing.

In these stories, Kolbert traces the origins of the concept of extinction, first articulated in revolutionary Paris by the scientist Georges Cuvier through to the present day, through a moving account of disappearances. Kolbert observes that humanity’s sixth extinction will likely be its most lasting legacy; it forces us to rethink our defining characteristics as humans.

AuthorElizabeth Kolbert
Pages336
My completion time28 Days
My personal rating4.5 out of 5.0 stars

#2

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

We can use this existential crisis to lead us out of our failed economic system and build something radically better. Forget everything you thought you knew about global warming. It has nothing to do with carbon – it’s about capitalism.

In Naomi Klein’s book, she tackles the greatest threat humanity has ever faced: the war we are waging against life on earth as our economic model destroys the very fabric of existence on earth. She dispels myths that cloud the climate debate. Our market-driven addiction is digging us in deeper and deeper each and every day, yet it is the market that is supposed to save us. Despite what you were told, it’s quite possible to stop using fossil fuels. The trick is to break every rule in the “free-market” playbook: reining in corporate power, rebuilding local economies, and reclaiming our democratic rights.

In fact, the global fight for the next economy has already succeeded in surprising and inspiring ways all around the world within the last few years despite our greedy and self-centered nature.

Fires, floods, storms, and droughts are delivering a powerful message to civilization, one that requires our attention and intervention immediately – before the world changes so dramatically that no one can survive. Either we leap – or we sink.

AuthorNaomi Klein
Pages376
My completion time39 Days
My personal rating4.5 out of 5.0 stars

#3

Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer oscillated between a carnivore and a vegetarian for most of his life. Until after he started a family, he was okay with uncertainty about his own dietary choices, but after that, he began to the value of food.

In order to understand the origins of many eating traditions and the fiction associated with them, Foer set out to understand why we eat certain animals and not others. As Foer explores the darkest corners of our dining habits, she questions the motive behind each fried chicken, every grilled burger, and each fish we eat. It serves as a memoir as well as an investigative report, putting the author, as the LA Times puts it, “at the table with our greatest philosophers.” The book is a must-read for anyone dedicated to improving the lives of others.

AuthorJonathan Safran Foer
Pages352
My completion time20 Days
My personal rating4.5 out of 5.0 stars

#4

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Our scientists have made landmark studies on DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. They have led the world in research on public health, environmental science, and quality of life issues.

Despite this, some powerful subsets of these groups deny these dangers with vehement abandon. In Merchants of Doubt, journalist Sam Harris tells the story of a loosely-knit group of high-level scientists, scientific advisers, and politicians with deep political and industrial connections who, over the course of four decades, effectively misled the public and denied well-established scientific knowledge.

Many of the people accusing global warming of being a hoax have surfaced again and again – the same figures who have debunked studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole.

One tobacco executive wrote, “Doubt is our product. These ‘experts’ supply it.”. The authors of this book reveal what has happened to some of the most pressing issues facing society as a result of corporate interests, ideology, and too-compliant media.

AuthorErik M. Conway, Naomi Oreskes
Pages368
My completion time24 Days
My personal rating4.5 out of 5.0 stars

#5

How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

In this book, you will find information on how to incorporate carbon considerations into everyday purchases by comparing the carbon footprint of paper bags and imported fruits and vegetables.

Taking a bus versus driving a hybrid car is an environmentally-friendly question generated by Mike Berners-Lee’s clever structure. A brief explanation of carbon footprints is provided after the author’s simple and short introduction. The manner in which this book is written consistently raises awareness. The amount of co2 humans produce is explained not only through education but also with the help of this book.

AuthorMike Berners-lee
Pages232
My completion time11 Days
My personal rating4.5 out of 5.0 stars

#6

The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea

From the Caribbean reefs to Arctic fisheries to the deepest regions of the sea, the sea feeds and sustains us. However, the sea faces threats everywhere it reaches.

The story of a man and the sea as it is today has evolved from the earliest signs of life on earth to today’s oceans, as one of the world’s foremost marine conservation biologists tells in this passionate ode to the sea and its creatures. Fishing practices and ocean acidification, rising tides and warming oceans, plastics, and shifting currents are among the things he discusses, as well as what we can do right now to protect our oceans.

Many people are aware of Turtles, Dolphins, Whales, and Tuna’s struggles, but few understand what has happened to our seas over the past fifty years and the increasing stress many species are experiencing.

The Ocean of Life is passionate and persuasive in equal measure and will appeal to those who enjoy other books on the ocean and who worry about environmental sustainability.

AuthorCallum Roberts
Pages432
My completion time30 Days
My personal rating4.5 out of 5.0 stars

#7

Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

Although we acknowledge climate change, we do little to stop it. What is it about our psyches that allows us to act as if it is false despite knowing it to be true?

Marshall finds himself confronted with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and Texas Tea Party activists; leaders of the world’s climate science community and those who denounce them; and liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals. In the end, he discovered that our assumptions, values, and prejudices can develop their own individual existence, gaining authority as they are shared, and thereby dividing people.

AuthorGeorge Marshall
Pages272
My completion time13 Days
My personal rating4.5 out of 5.0 stars

#8

Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America
Author: Thomas L. Friedman
Pages: 528

#9

The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the Obsession with Climate Change Turning Out to be the Most Costly Scientific Blunder in History?
Author: Christopher Booker
Pages: 384

#10

The End of Nature
Author: Bill McKibben
Pages: 224

#11

Adventures in the Anthropocene – A Journey to the Heart of the Planet we Made
Author: Gaia Vince
Pages: 448

#12

Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility
Author: Dorceta Taylor
Pages: 352

#13

Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming
Author: Mckenzie Funk
Pages: 336

#14

An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming
Author: Al Gore
Pages: 192

#15

Our House Is on Fire : Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet
Author: Jeanette Winter
Pages: 40

#16

Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It
Author: Jamie Margolin
Pages: 240

#17

Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (City Lights Open Media)
Author: Todd Miller
Pages: 272

#18

Atmosphere of Hope: Solutions to the Climate Crisis
Author: Tim Flannery
Pages: 288

#19

A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions
Author: Katharine Hayhoe
Pages: 224

#20

The Little Book of Going Green: An Introduction to Climate Change and How We Can Reduce Our Carbon Footprint
Author: Harriet Dyer
Pages: 128

#21

The Rough Guide to Climate Change
Author: Robert Henson
Pages: 416

#22

Natural Capital โ€“ Valuing the Planet
Author: Dieter Helm
Pages: 296

#23

Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future
Author: Douglas Farr
Pages: 400

#24

The No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change: The Science, the Solutions, the Way Forward (No-Nonsense Guides)
Author: Danny Chivers
Pages: 144

#25

Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change
Author: Lisa Palmer
Pages: 256

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