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Climate Change - Nonfiction

Updated: November 2, 2019

A small selection of books about climate change.

Call Number: 551.59 C6393-22

Sociologist Eric Klineberg examines the various effects climate change has on people and their environment, and what cilties can do to moderate climate change.

Friel, Sharon,
Call Number: 614.42 F911

A unique examination of how climate change and social inequity are linked.

Robinson, Mary, 1944-
Call Number: 339 R663

Mary Robinson was President of Ireland and the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Her worldwide travels have taken her to places where the effects of climate change are blatantly evident, and she chronicles the efforts of average citizens advocating for change.

Call Number: 551.590973 U558-2

This is a reprint of an easily downloadable U.S Government report from 2018 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Its collection of graphs, maps, and charts portray a world in serious trouble.


Palmer, Lisa, 1973-
Call Number: 338.1 P174

Journalist Lisa Palmer's main interest has been how to solve global hunger in a world with a fast-growing population. She has also seen a much greater challenge which is combating world hunger and climate change.

Cousteau, Jacques, 1910-1997.
Call Number: 551.46092 C869

Explorer, adventurer, diving pioneer, Jacques Cousteau was one of the early modern environmental activists who warned us about the inherent dangers of exploiting the earth's natural resources. His beautiful and foreboding book has great relevance today.

Gore, Al, 1948-
Call Number: 551.59 G666

Former Vice President Gore has been one of the most visible political figures talking about climate change. This book and its sequel, An inconvenienet sequel, synthesize his many speeches on the topic and make an appeal to both scientists and politicians.


Berry, Wendell, 1934-
Call Number: 309.73 B534-1

A collection of essays by Wendell Berry, writer, farmer, political activist, cultural critic and environmentalist. The 84-year-old Berry has long been concerned with the worldwide misuse of the environment, in particular farming, and how it affects climate change.

Call Number: 551.59 P2325

A detailed analysis and critique of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which became effective on November 4th, 2016.

Fowler, Cary,
Call Number: 631.5211 F785

The Svalbard Global Seed Bank is a secure seed bank, and its "mission is to provide a safety net against accidental loss of diversity in traditional genebanks" so as to ensure the world's food supply in times of natural and man-made disasters. This beautiful and informative book documents the operation of the facility.

Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964,
Call Number: 632.95 C321-1

A collection of Rachel Carson's writings on the environment, including her seminal work, Silent Spring.

Kolbert, Elizabeth.
Call Number: 575.7 K81
This very interesting, highly readable book paints a picture of the 5 major extinction events in the Earth's history and uses that as a springboard to discuss the 6th one, which is an event that we are currently both in the middle of, and the cause of.

Hansen, James E. (James Edward), 1941-
Call Number: 551.59 H249

James Hansen has been warning the public about the dangers of greenhouse gases and their effect on human existence since 1988. Ten years ago, he wrote about what he thought would be the effects of climate change on future 

Wallace-Wells, David,
Call Number: 575.3 W195

The author expands a New York magazine article into an examination of how climate change happens and how humans will have to cope with those changes.