There are many good books about climate change.  Here are a selection of some that I recommend.  Unless otherwise noted, clicking on a link will take you to the web page for the book.


The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery

A good next step after seeing or reading “An Inconvenient Truth”.  Goes into more scientific detail, but still accessible.

With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change by Fred Pearce

Goes into detail about the feedback loops discussed in my talk.

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas

Translates temperature increase into impacts on our world and civilization.  Highly recommended.  A brief but scary summary is available at the Guardian website.

Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action by David Spratt and Philip Sutton

A detailed, referenced report that takes the same approach as my talk.  Go to to view the introduction and a sample chapter for free.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert

A compilation of her excellent New Yorker series.  This is a short book that does not go into much technical detail, but still leaves you with a feeling that we need to act now.

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen

Combines politics, science and solutions from the nation’s leading climate scientist.  Highly recommended.

Hell and High Water by Joseph Romm

An excellent primer of the realities of global warming, including a discussion of politics and solutions.  If you want to know why conservatives feel they need to deny the reality of climate change, read this book.

Requiem for a Species:  Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change by Clive Hamilton

A book that explores the psychological reasons why we cannot face up to the facts about climate change.  Highly recommended.

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

Perhaps the most important book about climate change that is not about the science of climate change. It certainly is one of the most approachable, thought provoking and — dare I say — entertaining books on the subject.  Highly recommended.  (Note: I helped edit this book)