The Best Books About Climate Change of The 21st Century

Feb 26, 2019 by

Climate change is an undeniable phenomenon. It’s accepted as truth by nearly 100% of the scientific community. The evidence of man made influenced climate change is strong. To wit:


  • The average surface temperature of the earth has increased by 1.62 degrees fahrenheit since the latter part of the 19th century.
  • Ice sheets in both Antarctica and Greenland are shrinking significantly.
  • Sea levels have risen at more than double the previous rates over the last two decades.
  • Acidity in surface levels of the oceans has increased by 30%.


There’s a lot of bad news here to be sure. Humans can absolutely slow the impacts of climate change. They may even be able to stop or reverse at least some of its impacts. However, that’s going to take some large scale behavioral changes. To accomplish that, people need to truly be convinced of the urgency of this situation, the impacts of climate change, and what they can do about it. Fortunately, there have been some great books published on this topic over the past two decades. Here are some of the best.



The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming


Edited by Paul Hawken


Climate change isn’t just a problem that needs understanding. It needs a solution. Drawdown digs deep into 100 solutions that could actually have a significant impact. The solutions here are detailed, practical, and created by scientists, researchers, and policy  makers.


This book cuts through the dangerous notion that nothing can be done about climate change, or that taking action is simply not practical. The solutions presented are economically feasible. Some the proposed solutions are already quite well-known. Others will seem revolutionary. All



Our Future on a Hotter Planet


By Mark Lynas


Six degrees doesn’t seem like much, and that’s one of the problems with explaining the severity and impact of climate change. After all, many of us have experienced temperature changes two or three times that in the space of 24 hours. In this book, Mark Lynas does an excellent job of explaining the impacts of rising temperatures.


This book is undeniable stark, and it brings up realities that aren’t easy for many stomach. That’s what makes it so important. It drives home the very real impacts of climate change on our lives, and paints a clear picture of what the future will look like if no action is taken.


Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know                                                                                                                                                                      

By Joseph Romm


Here, Joseph Romm examines the science of climate change, the ways it will impact the average person, and the renewable energy solutions that must be implemented to stop it. This is an excellent book for people who want to know how climate change will likely impact their daily lives in the future.


This book is based on a simple but rattling truth. Each and every one of us will be impacted by climate change sooner or later. Our survival depends on our understanding this, and taking action to deal with this reality.


Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured The Truth on Issues From Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming


By Naomi Oreskes And Erik M. Conway


If anyone is looking for some books for students on climate change and other related topics, this book is a perfect choice. There’s an undeniable and insidious campaign against the truth as it relates to climate change, and this book is the perfect foil for that. In it, the authors address the fact that a small number of scientists have furthered conspiracies and false narratives about climate change, the impact of cigarette smoking, DDT, and more.


The book does an excellent job of.


  • Debunking the claims made by these scientists.
  • Exposing the industries behind their claims.
  • Showing how junk science and manipulation can cause masses of people to eschew solid science.


During the college years, students are often exposed to a variety of ideas and ideologies. These often have an equally varying amount of truth and credibility supporting them. This book helps students to develop the critical thinking skills they will need to filter out the good from the bad.


The Layman’s Guide to Climate Change


By Mohammed Ghassan Farija


Climate change is a complicated topic. It involves politics, science, and economics. All too often, the experts describe the issue in ways that are much too complex for the average person. The result is that the issue either seems too intimidating to deal with, or as if it is something foreign and not directly impacting our lives.


Here, Farija takes this complex issue and explains it in a way that the average person can understand. Better yet, he does it without lecturing or being condescending. This is a great book for learning the fundamentals about our climate, the history of climate change, and about the debate surrounding this issue.


If you’ve ever wondered about the kyoto Protocol, or the Paris Climate Accord, this book will teach  you about both in terms you can  understand.


An Inconvenient Truth


By Al Gore


This book, written by former Vice president Al Gore, was one of the first books written on this subject that was intended for the general public. It’s arguably the most famous book on climate change, and the most maligned.


It’s also a book that everyone should read. The book is written to be a motivator and call to action for each of us to do something to stem the tide of climate change. Gore’s book uses a lot of visual content including graphs, photos, and illustrations to clearly explain the concepts behind global warming. Better yet, the book has been adapted for members of a younger generation.


Final Thoughts


Climate change is already having a clear impact all around the world. The more we understand this important issue, the better. While the topic is certainly complex, the books listed here can help enlighten readers. This can then lead to changed behaviors that might just help to reverse the course of potentially tragic event.

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Linda Grandes is a full-time blogger at and a true expert in writing. She is interested in a variety of topics starting from education and ending at modern art. That`s why the idea of her blog cannot be narrowed to one topic as well. Linda also has vast experience in editing texts and knows all the angles of academic and professional writing.

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