Books of Interest


  • Climate Change: Picturing the science – Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe
  • Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change And What It Means For Our Future – John Cox
  • The Climate Crisis: An Introductory Guide to Climate Change – David Archer and Stefan Rahmstorf
  • A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions – Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley
  • Communicating on Climate Change – An Essential Resource for Journalists, Scientists, and Educators – Bud Ward
  • Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming – Michael Mann and Lee Kump
  • The Discovery of Global Warming – Spencer Weart
  • Forecast: The Consequences of Climate Change, from the Amazon to the Arctic, from Darfur to Napa Valley – Stephan Faris
  • Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change – Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Global warming: Understanding the Forecast – David Archer
  • The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate – David Archer
  • Principles of Planetary Climate – Ray Pierrehumbert
  • The Rough Guide to Climate Change – Robert Henson
  • The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate – Andrew Dessler and Edward Parson
  • What We Know About Climate Change – Kerry Emanuel
  • The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations – Eugene Linden
  • With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change – Fred Pearce


  • The Complete Ice Age: How Climate Change Shaped the World – Brian Fagan (ed.)
  • Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes – Kerry Emanuel
  • Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Niño and the Fate of Civilizations – Brian Fagan
  • Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages – Doug Macdougall
  • The Great Ice Age: Climate Change and Life – J. A. Chapman
  • The Great Maya Droughts: Water, Life, and Death – Richardson B. Gill
  • The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations – Brian Fagan
  • The Holocene: An Environmental History – Neil Roberts
  • Ice Ages: Solving the Mystery – John Imbrie
  • Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past – Chris Turney
  • The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850 – Brian Fagan
  • The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization – Brian Fagan
  • Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary – Ray Bradley
  • Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate – William Ruddiman
  • The Rising Sea – Orrin H. Pilkey and Rob Young
  • Solar Activity and Earth’s Climate – Rasmus Benestad
  • Snowball Earth: The Story of a Maverick Scientist and His Theory of the Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life As We Know It – Gabrielle Walker
  • Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountains – Mark Bowen
  • The Tree Rings’ Tale: Understanding Our Changing Climate – John Fleck
  • The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future – Richard Alley
  • Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future – Peter Ward
  • The Wave: In the Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean – Susan Casey


  • Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future – Jeff Goodell
  • Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists Have Fueled a Climate Crisis – And What We Can Do to Avert Disaster – Ross Gelbspan
  • Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming – Mark Bowen
  • Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming – James Hoggan
  • The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth – Eric Pooley
  • Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming – Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn
  • Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning – George Monbiot
  • The Heat Is On: The Climate Crisis, The Cover-up, The Prescription – Ross Gelbspan
  • Hell and High Water: Global Warming – the Solution and the Politics and What We Should Do – Joseph Romm
  • Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming – Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway
  • Not a Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy – Donald Gutstein
  • Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis – Al Gore
  • Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment – James Gustave Speth
  • The Republican War on Science – Chris Mooney
  • Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth’s Climate – Stephen Schneider
  • Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming – Chris Mooney
  • Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity – James Hansen
  • Straight Up: America’s Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions – Joe Romm

7 responses to “Books of Interest

  1. That’s a very useful list of books. I’d like to recommend _Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change and What it Means for Our Future_ by John D. Cox (Joseph Henry Press, 2005) for the introductory category.

  2. Those listed books are very important and informative.

  3. Your “Real Climate Author’s”: Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast==David Archer is the textbook for his available-=online=video course from the University of Chicago…that you should list in your “Audio and Video” section.
    See Real Climate, 26Nov2009.

    Also consider an “Online printed material”: aric “Global Climate Change Student Guide” at

    It would be helpful to your visitors, and you have enough listings, to separate the Audio from the Video.

  4. I notice that ‘The Weather Makers” is not included in your list books. As this is my first ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming’ books I’ve read I beginning to wonder if I should be reading this book at all. The information seems credible, but because I have no background… it’s hard for me to tell.

    What do you think?

    • I used to have it up there, but I think that Flannery has become unduly alarmist lately, and there are other, better books out there. It’s certainly not a bad place to start, but you might want to consider an alternative. I think that Betsy Kolbert’s “Field Notes from a Catastrophe” is probably the best introductory pop sci book. The writing is excellent, the science is well-communicated, the politics are noted but not overdone, etc. You can get it for a song, new, on Amazon.

  5. Good list – I’ve read or at least bought/started almost all of these (do I need to get out more?)
    Here are a few more titles I’ve found relevant:

    Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountains — Mark Bowen, 2005
    Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future — Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum, 2009
    Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health — David Michaels, 2008 (Michaels is now Obama’s director of OSHA – a great pick!)
    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed — Jared Diamond, 2005

  6. A few more recent titles:

    Heatstroke by Anthony Barnosky – on plant and animal impacts of CC
    Sea Sick by Alana Mitchell – on ocean acidification and other adverse human impacts on sea life
    Carbon Shift–how the twin crises of oil depletion and climate change will define the future, edited by Thomas Homer-Dixon

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