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Experts Tell Us the Best Nonfiction Books On Climate Change

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Nonfiction Books On Climate Change. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

A Life on Our Planet by Sir David Attenborough

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The renowned narrator of the BBC Planet Earth, Sir David Attenborough, has a scientific account of the climatic changes on Earth in the last century. The author shares wisdom gained in his lifetime with nature and animals. It emphasizes humanity’s chance to create a perfect home for ourselves, free from the dangers of climate change.

Unsettled by Steven E.Koonin

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As a top science advisor of the Obama administration, Steven uses his experience to explain what science says about climate change. A fascinating and clear-headed book full of surprising facts about the Earth’s atmosphere. The book dispels popular myth and unveils the truth and society’s reaction to climate change.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates

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In the book, Bill Gates showcases a wide range of practical and accessible plans to avoid climate disasters in the future. Moreover, he stipulates a plan for greenhouse gas emissions to shrink upto zero to avoid a climate catastrophe. Finally, the book outlines the challenges we face and explains how technology helps combat carbon emissions.

Climate Change by Joseph Romm

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Regarded as a masterpiece by the New York Times, the book gives a clear overview of the problems of science, conflicts, and the risks of our planet. In addition, the author examines the impact of the clean energy revolution from solar to wind power and how helpful they are in reducing the emission of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes

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Merchants of Doubt has been praised―and attacked―around the world, for reasons easy to understand. This book tells, with “brutal clarity” (Huffington Post), the disquieting story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. The same individuals who claim the science of global warming is “not settled” have also denied the truth about studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. “Doubt is our product,” wrote one tobacco executive. These “experts” supplied it. Merchants of Doubt rolls back the rug on this dark corner of American science. Now with a new Foreword by former Vice President Al Gore, and with a new Postscript by the authors.

Tales of Two Planets by John Freeman

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This book is a follow up of John Freeman’s A Tale of Two America’s, tackling how climate change is making an already dire situation worse. This book approach describes the consequences of climate change and its effect on inequality on a global scale. John Freeman speaks to writers and climate activists from Burundi to Thailand as well as Bangladesh. It is an interesting read, some writers say they can’t find the right words to explain what climate change is yet they can see what climate change is doing to the environment and the role society, politics, and the media play. Anyone who really wants to know about climate change should read this book. The narrative is not one person’s account of the topic, but from the perspective of others across the globe. I ended up taking time out between chapters to fully digest what was being explained to me.

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

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For as long as humans have stayed on the earth, we have encouraged the extinction of other species. But, the environmental changes we’ve created have done increasingly destruction in the latest centuries. If we don’t change our approaches soon enough, it could signify the end of human civilization itself.

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