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Five books on climate change you need to read

The world’s attention is now squarely on climate change and the COP26 Climate Summit this November. Join in the conversation and keep abreast of the latest science by delving into this reading list. It contains five books on climate change which will keep you informed at this crucial moment.

Rebalancing our Climate: The Future Starts Today, by Eelco J. Rohling

This new book is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art measures to protect our environment from the impact of climate change. Eelco J. Rohling lucidly explains the different options we have to adjust the trajectory of climate change and looks at both the advantages and disadvantages of taking action.

Read Rebalancing our Climate: The Future Starts Today

Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Change, by Joan Fitzgerald

Cities take up a tiny proportion of the Earth yet emit 72% of greenhouse gases. Urban policy can therefore make a huge difference when it comes to tackling climate change. In this book, urban policy scholar Joan Fitzgerald sets out her agenda for “greenovating” cities, drawing on interviews with practitioners in more than 20 North American and European cities.

Read Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Change

Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Joseph Romm

The definitive book on climate change, written in a question-and-answer format ideally suited to quick navigation and reference. New York Magazine called it “the best single-source primer on the state of climate change.”

Read Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

Jet Stream: A Journey Through Our Changing Climate, by Tim Woollings

Tim Woollings takes readers on an atmospheric journey through the history of the jet stream, showing how it’s connected to dramatic contrasts between climate zones. In lively and readable prose, he examines how climate change is expected to affect the jet stream and what that means for the extreme weather events of tomorrow.

Read Jet Stream: A Journey Through Our Changing Climate

Meltdown: The Earth Without Glaciers, by Jorge Daniel Taillant

We hear about pieces of ice the size of continents breaking off Antarctica. But does it really matter? Will melting glaciers change our lives? In this book, Jorge Daniel Taillant demonstrates how glacier melt will impact society, public infrastructure, and our economy. He walks us through the little-known realm of the periglacial environment, takes us into the cryosphere, and connects the dots between climate change, glacier melt, and the impacts that receding glacier ice bring to livability on Earth. 

Read Meltdown: The Earth Without Glaciers

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  1. Kundal rama

    How to buy this book

    Jet Stream: A Journey Through Our Changing Climate, by Tim Woollings

  2. OUPblog team

    Hi Kundal rama, you can buy “Jet Stream: A Journey Through Our Changing Climate” through our website here. Kind regards, the OUPblog team.

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