There are staggering quantities of great books available, very few of which are fiction. This is a curated list of the best books for adults, from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring(1962) which set the stage for understanding the impact humans were having on the planet, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006) which made it abundantly clear, to Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History(2014), and Paul Hawken’s Drawdown (2017) — all bestsellers from the time they were published.

But, here we are in 2019 and Amazon still doesn’t have a category called climate change and neither does Barnes and Noble.

We have starred some titles with which we have personal history and others which have come highly recommended. Some are general like Joe Romm’s Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, and some highly specific like The Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson or Naomi Klein’s highly political This Changes Everything.

Let us know what you think.






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101 Ways to Go Zero Waste (2019)

Kathryn Kellogg        Publisher: Countryman Press

In 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, Kellogg shares tips and more, along with DIY recipes for beauty and home; advice for responsible consumption and making better choices for home goods, fashion, and the office; and even secrets for how to go waste free at the airport. “It’s not about perfection,” she says. “It’s about making better choices.”

A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions (2015)

Katharine Hayhoe        Publisher: The University of New Mexico Press

Drawing on the two authors’ experiences, one as an internationally recognized climate scientist and the other as an evangelical leader of a growing church, this book explains the science underlying global warming, the impact that human activities have on it, and how our Christian faith should play a significant role in guiding our opinions and actions on this important issue.

A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change (2015)

Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health        Publisher: Environmental Health Perspectives

This is a report organized around 11 human healthy conditions predicted to be most dramatically affected by climate change.

A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas

By Jeffrey Peterson        

More severe storms and rising seas will inexorably push the American coastline inland with profound impact on communities, infrastructure, and natural systems. In A New Coast, Jeffrey Peterson draws a comprehensive picture of how storms and rising seas will change the coast. Peterson offers a clear-eyed assessment of how governments can work with the private sector and citizens to be better prepared for the coming coastal inundation.

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

Al Gore        Rodale Books

An Inconvenient Truth—Gore’s groundbreaking, battle cry of a follow-up to the bestselling Earth in the Balance—is being published to tie in with a documentary film of the same name. Both the book and film were inspired by a series of multimedia presentations on global warming that Gore created and delivers to groups around the world. With this book, Gore, who is one of our environmental heroes—and a leading expert—brings together leading-edge research from top scientists around the world; photographs, charts, and other illustrations; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness—and with humor, too—that the fact of global warming is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be disastrous if left unchecked. This riveting new book—written in an accessible, entertaining style—will open the eyes of even the most skeptical.