Climate Change and Humanity

Conversations about climate change are often filled with scientific data, facts and figures. Of course this scientific information is important, but it can be difficult to relate to on an individual level. The books below discuss how climate change affects humanity on global, local and individual scales for a more personal look at the impacts of climate.

Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security
By Todd Miller. San Francisco: City Lights Publishers, 2017.
An intriguing piece of investigative journalism, this book explores connections between corporate crashes, environmental injustices and the militarization of borders by juxtaposing stories of hope and desperation.

Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
By Elizabeth Kolbert. London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2007.
From scientific evidence to personal stories, Kolbert investigates the impacts of climate change with a focus on the already-altered north pole communities.

Climate Refugees
By Collectif Argos. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2010.
The journalists at Collectif Argos met with climate refugees, people “forced into exile by global warming’s detrimental effects.” Nine geographical locations, each facing disaster due to climate change, are explored through personal interviews with and photography of those who have been displaced.

Science of the Earth, Climate and Energy
By Milton W. Cole, Angela D. Lueking and David L. Goldstein. Hackensack, N.J.: World Scientific Publishing Co., 2018.
The authors begin with a discussion of the basics of what science is and how it works as a field of study. They then build upon this to discuss the earth in a way that focuses on steps individuals and societies can take to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

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