This bibliography, a resource for my personal studies, is dedicated to providing a comprehensive reference list of books about the one of the most pressing issues of our time, Climate Change, Global Warming, Greenhouse warming – call it what you will.
The vast weight of scientific evidence points to a dangerously hotter planet with the continued existence of human kind, and the countless other species with whom we share earth, increasingly tenuous. I have no time for those foolish people who deny the reality of climate change, rather it would be lovely if they would all sink their savings into a waterfront on a Pacific Island atoll.
Personal and collective action plans are the first step. Being informed essential. This is an extensive bibliography which will grow rapidly. Links go to various book retailers to avoid duplicating their database resource. If you chose to buy one of the title via this blog we get a small clip of the ticket (‘commision’) which helps keep our bike wheels moving. Enjoy.
Prices are indicative only and were noted to help me plan my budget!
Emily Shuckburgh (ed). Survival: Survival of the Human Race, Cambridge University Press, 2008, £12.99, 9780521710206 -This fascinating and accessible book examines the survival of the human race from a broad range of viewpoints. Through in-depth examinations of a number of very distinct aspects of human life, the book covers topics ranging from the preservation of Empires, to the challenges of maintaining cultural identity, the sufferings inflicted by famine, disease and natural disasters, the opportunities for increased longevity and the threats presented by climate change. More
Sally M. Kane and Gary Wynn Yohe (eds). Societal Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000, 0792363841,- Changes in climate and climate variability have an effect on people’s behaviour around the world, and public institutions have an important part to play in influencing our ability to respond to and plan for climate risk. We may be able to reduce climate risk by seeking to mitigate the threat on the one hand, and by adapting to a changed climate on the other. Another theme of the book is the integrated role of adaptation and mitigation in framing issues and performing analyses. Adaptation costs fall most heavily on the poor and special attention needs to be paid to adaptation by the poorest populations. An integrating framework is also presented to provide the context for an expansive typology of terms to apply to adaptation. The 12 papers collected here use methods from a variety of disciplines and focus on different time frames for decision making, from short term to the very long term. Readership: Technically trained readers familiar with the policy issues surrounding climate change and interested in learning the scientific underpinnings of issues related to societal adaptation. More
Ian Burton, Elizabeth Malone and Saleemul Huq. Adaptation Policy Frameworks for Climate Change, Developing Strategies, Policies and Measures, Cambridge University Press, 2004, 052161760X, Adaptation is a process by which individuals, communities and countries seek to cope with the consequences of climate change. The process of adaptation is not new; the idea of incorporating future climate risk into policy-making is. While our understanding of climate change and its potential impacts has become clearer, the availability of practical guidance on adaptation has not kept pace. The development of the Adaptation Policy Framework (APF) is intended to help provide the rapidly evolving process of adaptation policy-making with a much-needed roadmap. Ultimately, the purpose of the APF is to support adaptation processes to protect – and enhance – human well-being in the face of climate change. This volume will be invaluable for everyone working on climate change adaptation and policy-making. More
Sue Roaf, David Crichton, Fergus Nicol. Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change: A 21st century Survival Guide, Architectural Press, Elsevier, 2005, 0750659114, -The book is based on the premise that climate change is going to happen and its impacts on our lives are going to be far worse than generally expected. Sue Roaf argues that many modern buildings are not only ‘unsustainable’ in themselves but are also having a catastrophic effect on the global climate. In a unique argument, she illustrates that the only way we can hope to survive the following century in tact is if we not only begin to radically reduce CO2 emissions from our buildings and stop building climatically disastrous building types but also build only the buildings that can survive in the changed climates of the future. More
Piers Vitebsky. Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia, Harper Perennial, 2005, 0007133634, – A voyage of discovery into the life of a remote aboriginal community in the Siberian Arctic, where the reindeer has been a part of daily life since Palaeolithic times.The reindeer, along with the dog, was probably the first species to be drawn into a close relationship with man. This book, by an eminent British anthropologist, is the beautifully written story of how that relationship works and of the intimacy between the nomadic reindeer people and the landscape they inhabite More