Climate Change Books (Updated)

This post has gone out of date. Go HERE to see a current list of excellent books on climate change.


  1. #1 Stevo Raine
    Adelaide hills South Australia
    June 6, 2014

    I’d add a few books to that list including Poles Apart’ by by Gareth Morgan and John McCrystal :

    Tim Flannery’s ‘The Weather Makers’ by Aussie author and climate change scientist.

    Journalist Jo Chandler’s Feeling the Heat’ see :

    George Marshall’s Carbon Detox’ :

    among others.

  2. #2 Stevo Raine
    June 6, 2014

    ^ D’oh! Italics fail there sorry. Please fell free to fix Greg Laden. Only titles intended to be italicised.

    Also ‘The Long Thaw’ by David Archer which is a very plain science, no polemics good text :

    Plus George Monbiot’s ‘Heat’ :

    and Mark Lynas’s Six Degrees’ :

    among still others but the best not yet mentioned so far in my view.

  3. #3 Stevo Raine
    June 6, 2014

    Oh and one more that just has to be on that list, I reckon, is Spencer Weart’s ‘The Discovery of Global Warming’ available here :

    All these are one’s that I’ve found really interesting, readable and informative anyhow as well as those listed above here which are also excellent.

    Good idea thanks Greg Laden.

  4. #4 roberte
    United States
    June 6, 2014

    Climate change book for young readers by Chuck McCutcheon.:What Are Global Warming and Climate Change?: Answers for Young Readers (Worlds of Wonder)
    by Chuck Mccutcheon

    Link tries to go to a different book though.

    Great list!

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    June 6, 2014

    OK, I think it’s fixed now, thanks.

  6. #6 Rick
    June 10, 2014

    Your link to the McCutchen book appears to still be broken.

    Although most people I know would not consider a book with a target audience of ages 10-13 to be “college level” — but maybe you are more familiar with the current crop of college students than I am :).

  7. #7 dan bloom
    June 11, 2014

    Sir, you forgot to mention the rise of a new genre of climate fiction novels dubbed CLI FI,,,,,see blog at CLI FI CENTRAL and see list of CLI FI BOOKS at and email me sir at dan ASAP – i coined and created the CLI Fi genre term as NYT and TIME mag reported. also Guardian last year

  8. #8 dan bloom
    June 11, 2014

    correct email greg is

    danbloom AT gmail DOT com

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    June 11, 2014

    Well, that is interesting.

    I didn’t actually forget to mention it .. the point of this list is to suggest books that will help people get up to speed on climate change. But CLI FI is important. I’m writing a CLI FI novel myself at the moment. Perhaps a post just on that would be cool.

  10. #10 Victor Venema
    June 11, 2014

    Is there a book one could recommend to a climate “sceptic”? No policy, just science. No catastrophic title or author that has been (unjustly) burned at WUWT and Co.? Just some science, that help people to see how ludicrous the claims at WUWT and Co. are.

  11. #11 Greg Laden
    June 11, 2014

    Victor, actually the best source of that is probably Skeptical Science, the web site.

    Otherwise I might suggest the Rough Guide.

    The best book for this purpose is one that hasn’t been published yet but it will be some day.

  12. #12 Victor Venema
    June 11, 2014

    Skeptical Science is a red flag to them. 🙂 I was thinking of a book that does not do any debunking, just presenting the science as if there were no climate “debate”. Once you understand the climate system, you cannot read WUWT anymore without crying. And it would also be great to get these people to read books, not blogs.

  13. #13 Lars Karlsson
    June 11, 2014

    About the ehtics of climate change:

    A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change
    by Stephen M. Gardiner.

  14. #14 Greg Laden
    June 11, 2014

    I’d probably go with the Rough Guide then.

    Denialists have messed the whole thing up so much it is hard for their crap not show up here and there.

    Also, the IPCC summaries are good for this. They are not controversial, just give the facts, etc.

  15. #15 Victor Venema
    June 11, 2014

    Greg, thanks. I have tried at Climate Etc. I fear a little about the mentioning of the IPCC in the blurb. 🙂 We life in a strange world.

  16. #16 Greg Laden
    June 11, 2014

    I think you need to be honest with these people.

  17. #17 Christopher Winter
    June 14, 2014

    This is a good list. I would also put The Climate Crisis at or near the top of my list. But I haven’t read all the others here — only Storms and Field Notes.

    FWIW: Here are the customer review statistics for the ones on Amazon (sorry about the formatting.)

    5-star 4-star 3-star 2-star 1-star LATEST REVIEW
    THE CLIMATE CRISIS 14 1 0 0 0 13 October 2013
    GLOBAL WARMING 8 0 2 0 1 19 May 2014
    DIRE PREDICTIONS 20 3 2 1 3 14 October 2013
    THE HOCKEY STICK 178 19 5 8 45 22 May 2014
    STORMS 95 21 8 4 6 20 May 2014
    FIELD NOTES 64 24 7 3 1 7 June 2014
    INTRO. MODERN 1 1 0 0 0 31 Dec 2012
    ROUGH GUIDE 10 2 0 0 1 19 March 2014
    INCONVENIENT TRUTH 22 5 0 4 18 22 May 2014
    WHAT’S THE WORST? 41 3 1 1 7 30 April 2014

  18. #18 Christopher Winter
    June 14, 2014

    I’ll suggest two additions. The first warns gently; the second screams in strident alarm — an alarm built on decades of research.

    The first is by ecologist Amy Seidl, writing about changes around her Vermont home. Here’s my review.

    The second is Under a Green Sky by Peter D. Ward. It is perhaps the best explanation in book form of why scientists have begun to speak out in public about the dangers they see ahead — dangers revealed not by computer models, but by established laws of physics and by comparison of current conditions with evidence gleaned from the fossil record.

  19. #19 Christopher Winter
    August 4, 2014

    Another member of the MBH99 team has a book out on climate change politics too:

    How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists as the Earth Heated Up
    Raymond S. Bradley
    Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011

    On page 141 he writes:

    Science must remain separate from politics, but once scientists understand the issues, we must then decide our own political stance. By the same token, politics must stay out of science. Once politicians try to influence public opinion by manipulating scientific information or suppressing the findings of government scientists, we enter a world of duplicity and deception. Trust evaporates and cynicism triumphs. And then we all lose.

    True that.

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  21. #21 Astrostevo
    October 27, 2014

    @12. Victor Venema

    “I was thinking of a book that does not do any debunking, just presenting the science as if there were no climate “debate”. Once you understand the climate system, you cannot read WUWT anymore without crying. And it would also be great to get these people to read books, not blogs.”

    Yes- although there’s a place for both. My belated and repeated recommendation there would be ‘The Long Thaw’ by David Archer which is a very plain in clearly presenting the actual science with no polemics – good text :

  22. #22 Margaret STein
    United States
    April 17, 2015

    Early spring : an ecologist and her children wake to a warming world by Amy Seidl is a great book on how climate change is affecting Vermont. She was a field biologist for years but is a truly wonderful writer.

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  24. #24 Erin
    July 31, 2015

    I think one of the gap areas is books for kids. Especially ones that aren’t scary! Check out new book for middle school students
    Climate change Discover How it Impacts Spaceship Earth

  25. #25 John Hardy
    January 3, 2016

    I’m looking for some advice. I feel that it is good to read the best arguments put forward by those with whom you disagree. I am looking for a book that makes the case for the link between CO2 and climate change. For the sake of argument I cheerfully accept that the climate is changing and that in the 20th century there was some kind of positive correlation between temperature and CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere – the bit I am looking for and can’t find is the experimental or other evidence of causal relationship.

    I just one one good book that takes seriously the old statistical truism that correlation does not imply causation and lays out the evidence and the arguments for CO2 actually causing climate change.

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