Books By Journalists and Science Writers

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Flannery, Tim, The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005)

A remarkably wide-ranging and comprehensive look at the history, current status, and future impacts of climate change.  Hard to put down.  Flannery, the 2007 Australian of the Year, is a naturalist, academic, explorer, crusader against climate change, and author of some 20 technical and popular books. 

A YouTube interview with Tim Flannery can be seen here.


Hertsgaard, Mark, Hot: Living through the Next Fifty Years on Earth. (Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt, 2012) 

An experienced environmental journalist is convinced, by an expert, that climate change is much worse than he thought, and says to himself: “Chiara [his 4-month-old daughter] will have to live through this!” In this book, he records his efforts to understand the implications of climate change over the next fifty years and what they will mean for his daughter and the rest of the world. He especially wants to learn about steps that could mitigate the crisis, even if reversing climate change is not possible.

A very interesting conversation between Mark Hertsgaard and the renowned climate scientist, James Hansen, is available here.