Books about Climate Change

Alley.EarthGeneral Overview

Alley, R. B., Earth, the Operator’s Manual, W. W. Norton & Co., New York, 2011, ISBN 978-0-393-08109-1.

Craven, G., What’s the Worst that Could Happen, Perigree, New York, 2009, ISBN 978-0-399-53501-7.

Hansen, J., Storms of My Grandchildren, Bloomsbury Press, New York, 2009, ISBN 978-1-60819-200-7.

McKibben, B., Eaarth, St. Martin’s Griffin, New York, 2011, ISBN 978-0-312-54119-4.


Henson, R., The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change, American Meteorological Society, Boston, 2014, 978-1-935704-73-7.  Written for the layperson, this very readable book is the best single source we know of about the science of climate change.

Mann, M. E. & Kump, L. R., Dire Predictions, Understanding Global Warming, DK Publishing, Inc., New York, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7566-3995-2.

Schmidt, G. & Wolfe, J., Climate Change, Picturing the Science, W. W. Norton & Co., New York, 2009, ISBN 978-0-393-33125-7.

Weart, S. R., The Discovery of Global Warming, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2008, ISBN 978-0-674-03189-0.  An expanded on-line version is available for free at

Personal Reflections

Avery, S., The Pipeline and the Paradigm: Keystone XL, Tar Sands, and the Battle to Defuse the Carbon Bomb, Ruka Press, Washington, DC, 2013, ISBN 978-0-9855748-2-6.

McKibben, B., Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, Times Books, New York, 2013, ISBN 978-0-8050-9284-4.

Stephenson, W., What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice, Beacon Press, Boston, 2015, ISBN 978-0-8070-8840-1.


Epstein, P. R & Ferber, D., Changing Planet, Changing Health, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 2011, ISBN 978-0-520-26909-5

Gilding, P., The Great Disruption, Bloomsbury Press, New York, 2011, ISBN 978-1-60819-223-6

Hertsgaard, M., Hot, Living through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, ISBN 978-0-618-82612-4

Nash, S., Virginia Climate Fever, University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, 2014, ISBN 978-0-8139-3658-1.


Marshall, G., Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change, Bloomsbury, New York, 2014, ISBN 978-1-62040-133-0.

Stoknes, P. E., What We Think about When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT, ISBN 978-1-60358-583-5.

Climate Wars

Mann, M. E., The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, Columbia University Press, New York, 2012, ISBN 978-0-231-15254-9.

Oreskes, N. & Conway, E. M., Merchants of Doubt, Bloomsbury Press, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-1-59691-610-4.

Schneider, S. H., Science as a Contact Sport, The National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4262-0540-8.


Berners-Lee, M. and Clark, D., The Burning Question: We can’t burn half the world’s oil, coal, and gas.  So how do we quit? Greystone Books, Vancouver, 2013, ISBN 978-1-77164-007-7.

Coll, S., Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, Penguin Books, New York, 2012, ISBN 978-0-14-312354-5.

Crane, H. D. et al., A Cubic Mile of Oil, Oxford University Press, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-19-532554-6

Lovins, A. B. et al., Reinventing Fire, Chelsea Green Publishing Co., White River Junction, VT, 2011, ISBN 978-1-60358-371-8

Yergin, D., The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, The Penguin Press, New York, 2011, ISBN 978-1-101-56370-0


Klein, N., This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4516-9738-4

Nordhaus, W., The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2013, ISBN 978-0-300-21264-8

Wagner, G. and Weitzman, M. L., Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2015, ISBN 978-0-691-15947-8.


Kingsolver, B., Flight Behavior, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2012, ISBN 978-0-06-212426-5

Robinson, K. S., “Science in the Capital” Trilogy: Forty Signs of Rain, HarperCollins Publishers, 2004, ISBN 978-0-007-14888-2; Fifty Degrees Below, Spectra, 2005, ISBN 978-0-553-80312-3; Sixty Days and Counting, Spectra, 2007. ISBN 978-0-553-80313-6

This list was compiled by Les Grady, member and former chair of the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley (CAAV) steering committee, for CAAV Earth Month outreach events in April 2016.