Climate change and environment books are becoming increasingly popular, as is the desire to properly comprehend how our lives affect the earth. Fortunately, there is a wealth of literature available, ranging from well-researched nonfiction to critically acclaimed dystopian novels.
Some of our favorites are included below, covering a variety of issues such as sea-level rise, wildlife protection, plastic pollution, and the climate change catastrophe.
Losing Earth: A Recent History
Author – Nathaniel Rich
Published – 2019
Losing Earth follows the increase of political awareness about global warming from 1979 to 1989, as well as policymakers’ numerous failures to solve the increasing climate threat. Instead, as Rich demonstrates in painstaking historical detail, officials sided with profit-hungry businesses, who waged a huge disinformation and denial campaign that continues to impact our political life today. Despite the fact that his book is about the lost decade in the fight against climate change, Rich ends on a positive note, claiming that there is still time to save our planet. To see if you share his optimism, read Losing Earth, a fascinating narrative of human greed and folly.
Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future
Author – Elizabeth Kolbert
Published – 2021
This is the book for those who are more scientifically and solution-oriented. Journalist and novelist Elizabeth Kolbert take readers on a world-hopping odyssey from one solution to the next, guiding them through the sheer craziness of ‘solutions’ that humans have attempted to rule the natural world. The basic line is this: we want to think of ourselves as brilliant problem solvers, and we can be, but our actions frequently have unintended and long-term consequences for ecosystems and human populations.
Under A White Sky is an incredibly engaging book that clearly describes everything from Louisiana’s flooded marshes to the mind-bogglingly fascinating breakthroughs in genetic engineering. Kolbert delves into the current technology remedy being attempted in each new region, frequently to hide the unforeseen repercussions of the last technological fix mankind tried out.
This thoroughly enjoyable book portrays some of humanity’s most cutting-edge and sophisticated solutions to environmental challenges. But it’s also a cautionary story that reminds us of how far we’ve come and what we’ve already done to the globe.
Author – Elizabeth Rush
Published – 2018
We don’t have to go far to see how climate change is affecting America’s shores, as Elizabeth Rush eloquently demonstrates in her book Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. The true stories in this journalistic work don’t focus on the catastrophic effects of hurricanes and flooding, but rather on the day-to-day changes, such as changes in bird migration patterns, the slow sinking of houses on Louisiana’s isles, and the growth of toxic mold in homes near the water’s edge.
While rising is based on facts obtained during Rush’s fieldwork, her skill as a storyteller makes it a quick and enjoyable read. Through her stories, she highlights the hard reality that many communities endure as they try to adapt to environmental changes with little help.
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
Author – Bill Gates
Published – 2021
Gates has spent a decade researching climate change’s effects. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Bill Gates’ climate change book, focuses on the efforts required to avert our environmental disasters. Gates put forth the obstacles we might anticipate encountering, but with a tinge of optimism, with the help of specialists in a half-dozen professions. He proposes a zero-emissions plan that governments, employers, and the average citizen can embrace, in addition to exploring existing and future technology.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
Author – Naomi Klein
Published – 2015
Naomi Klein, the award-winning author of This Changes Everything, takes aim at the existing economic system, which prioritizes profit over the environment. Klein demonstrates why our existing capitalist system cannot solve the world’s climate catastrophe by delving into topics like climate denialism, illusions, and defeatism. But Klein doesn’t stop there, arguing that lowering carbon emissions is one of the most effective ways to alleviate inequities and revitalize local economies.
By the end of the book, she has persuaded the reader that if nothing is done, our current system would continue to harm the earth.
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