You don't have to be a scientist to understand climate change. There are a number of great websites and books that can provide a simple introduction to the subject, and you will find some of those mentioned here.

Here we have listed both print resources and digital content. Some of the materials are available online as free books and, of course, websites. If available, book references link to the Pima County Public Library catalog. Where we can, we have included links to interviews with the authors and ancillary materials for deeper insights.

Introductions to Climate Science and Policy

This speaks for itself. Here you will find materials to acquaint you with the basics of climate change science, as well as frequently discussed policy solutions.

Classic Readings

Scientists and activists have been warning about climate change for years. Some of their writings have become classics of the genre. These include books by Bill McKibben, James Hansen, and Naomi Oreskes.

Books by Journalists and Science Writers

As climate change becomes an ever more critical issue, the very best journalists and science writers are recording the stories of individuals, villages and cities, forests, glaciers, and oceans — the effects we observe and experience today. These reports are an essential complement to the books that focus on the underlying science.

References by Topic

In addition, we have also divided some titles into more specialized categories, including:

   • Oceans

   • Atmosphere

   • Drought

   • Ice

   • Security

   • Doom

   • Solutions

   • Climate and Environmental Justice (NEW!)

   • Advanced Readings


Because the online world has unique offerings that might defy categorization, we have a special list of online resources that we think are especially good.

Recommendations from CCL Members

Our Tucson CCL Members are voracious readers, and we have taken some of their recommendations and publish them here. Check in frequently, and don’t hesitate to share your own recommendation.

Good reading!

A special thanks to Tucson CCL member Hermann Flaschka for his work in researching and organizing this new website.