Books

Christianson, Gale. Greenhouse: The 200-Year Story of Global Warming. New York: Walker, 1999. Examines the enhanced greenhouse effect worldwide after the industrial revolution and outlines the consequences to the environment.

Cox, John D. Climate Crash—Abrupt Climate Change and What It Means for Our Future. Washington, D.C: Joseph Henry Press, 2005. Outlines the science of paleoclimatology and how events of the past hold clues to the present and future.

Flannery, Tim. The Weather Makers. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005. Explores how humans are changing the climate and how it will affect all life on Earth.

Friedman, Katherine. What If the Polar Ice Caps Melted? Danbury, Conn.: Children's Press, 2002. Focuses on environmental problems related to the Earth's atmosphere, including global warming, changing weather patterns, and their effects on ecosystems.

Gelbspan, Ross. The Heat Is On: The High Stakes Battle over Earth's Threatened Climate. Reading, Mass.: Addison Wesley, 1997. Looks at the controversy environmentalists often face when they deal with fossil fuel companies.

-. Boiling Point. New York: Basic Books, 2004. Presents the role that politicians, oil companies, the media, and activists have had in shaping people's beliefs about the issue of global warming.

Gore, Albert. An Inconvenient Truth. Emmaus, Penn.: Rodale, 2006. Presents an excellent overview of the global warming problem, how it has come about, what it means for the future, and why humans need to act now to slow it down.

Hamblin, W. Kenneth, and Eric H. Christiansen. Earth's Dynamic Systems. Tenth ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, Inc. Discusses the physical aspects of Earth science, explaining the physical mechanisms behind plate tectonics, glaciers, shorelines, groundwater, river systems, and other systems that are affected by global warming.

Harrison, Patrick, Gail McLeod, and Patrick G. Harrison. Who Says Kids Can't Fight Global Warming. Chattanooga, Tenn.: Pat's Top Products, 2007. Offers real solutions to help solve the world's biggest air pollution problems.

Houghton, John. Global Warming: The Complete Briefing. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Outlines the scientific basis of global warming and describes the impacts that climate change will have on society. It also looks at solutions to the problem.

Langholz, Jeffrey. You Can Prevent Global Warming (and Save Money!): 51 Easy Ways. Riverside, N.J.: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003. Aims at converting public concern over global warming into positive action to stop it by providing simple, everyday practices that can easily be done to minimize it, as well as save money.

Leggett, Jeremy. The Carbon War. New York: Routledge, 2001. Presents the political view of global warming and the conflict with the oil industry.

Linden, Eugene. The Winds of Change. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. Looks at past and present climate change and what the future holds.

Lynas, Mark. High Tide. New York: Picador, 2004. Explores the global effects of climate change on the Earth's diverse ecosystems.

McKibben, Bill. Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community. New York: Holt, 2007. Provides the facts of what must change to save the climate. It also shows how everyone can act proactively in their community to make a difference.

Michaels, Patrick J. Meltdown. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2004. Discusses the issues of climate change as seen not only by scientists, but by politicians and the media as well.

-. Shattered Consensus. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

A series of essays from climate change experts on key issues surrounding global warming and interpretations of how severe the problem is.

National Research Council. Abrupt Climate Change—Inevitable Surprises. Washington D.C.: National Academy Press, 2002. Explores the causes and reality of abrupt climate change and its global effects.

Pearce, Fred. When the Rivers Run Dry. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006. Discusses the problem of drought as one of the major crises that will occur in the 21st century as a result of global warming.

Pringle, Laurence. Global Warming: The Threat of Earths Changing Climate. New York: SeaStar Publishing Company, 2001. Provides information on the carbon cycle, rising sea levels, El Niño, aerosols, smog, flooding, and other issues related to global warming.

Stern, Nicholas. The Economics of Climate Change. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. This book discusses the economic ramifications of global warming.

Thornhill, Jan. This Is My Planet—The Kids Guide to Global Warming. Toronto, Ontario: Maple Tree Press, 2007. Offers students the tools they need to learn about ecology by taking a comprehensive look at climate change in polar, ocean, and land-based ecosystems.

Weart, Spencer R. The Discovery of Global Warming (New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine). Cambridge, Mass.:Harvard University Press, 2004. Traces the history of the global warming concept through a long process of incremental research rather than a dramatic revelation.

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