Earth Day 2013 : Books Shed light on Climate Change

Globally on April 22 each year, Earth Day is celebrated. The origin of Earth Day is credited to Gaylord Nelson- an environmental and conservationist activist who wanted to promote the idea of ecology, to encourage respect for life on Earth.


For the 2013 observance of the day, Earth Day Network has chosen a theme “The Face of Climate Change,” because of the need to emphasize the rising impact of climate change on the lives of thousands of people around the globe.

Dedicated to this day and based on the current year’s Earth Day theme,  we have compiled here a list of books presenting groundbreaking ideas and convincing investigations on ecological problems- whether climate change, ocean pollution, global warming, or poisonous chemicals that will inspire readers to take their own stand to fight against climate change. Here goes the list:


Oceana Our Planet’s Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them

by Ted Danson

Oceana is a great and informative book written by Ted Danson- the star of the former hit TV series “Cheers”- explaining the crisis in oceans and what actions we can take about it. The facts in this very plainly written book laid out in a very clear fashion with stuff like charts to help an average person to understand the figures behind everything presented. Ted who has been working on this issue since 1980 says that overfishing is obliterating fish populations, but if such practice is restricted, he is hopeful things can improve.


Nature’s Fortune Why Saving the Environment is the Smartest Investment We Can Make

by Jonathan Adams and Mark R. Tercek


In Nature’s Fortune, the authors say governments and businesses need to invest in nature as it is not only the foundation of human well-being, but also the smartest commercial investment any business or government can make. Moreover, this smart financial move will reduce costs and protect assets. With stories from the South Pacific to the California coast, from the Andes to the Gulf of Mexico and even to New York City, Nature’s Fortune shows how viewing nature as green infrastructure allows for breakthroughs not only in conservation—protecting water supplies; enhancing the health of fisheries; making cities more sustainable, livable and safe; and dealing with unavoidable climate change—but in economic progress, as well.

The Long Emergency Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

by James Howard Kunstler


James Howard Kunstler’s The Long Emergency  is an indictment that brings new importance and accessibility to the vital issues that will shape our future, and that we can no longer afford to ignore. His shocking vision for our post-oil future caught the attention of environmentalists and business leaders and was the subject of much debate, stimulating discussion about our dependence on fossil fuels.

Overheated The Human Cost of Climate Change

by Andrew T. Guzman


In Overheated, Guzman, a law professor at the University of California-Berkeley, takes climate change out of the realm of scientific abstraction to explore its real-world consequences. He takes as his starting point a fairly optimistic scientific prediction that what will happen if the world warms by 2 degrees Celsius. He shows in vivid detail how climate change is already playing out in the real world. Rising seas will cause island nations to disappear; coastal food-producing regions in Bangladesh will be flooded; and compel millions of people to migrate into cities or possibly “climate-refugee camps.”


Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1,500 Years

by Dennis T. Avery and Fred S. Singer

Singer and Avery offer convincing evidence on the concept that global temperatures have been rising mostly or entirely because of a natural cycle. Using historic data from two millennia of recorded history combined with the natural physical records found in ice cores, seabed sediment, cave stalagmites, and tree rings, Unstoppable Global Warming argues that the 1,500-year solar-driven cycle that has always controlled the earth’s climate remains the driving force in the current warming trend.

The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth

by Tim Flannery


The Weather Makers is both an urgent warning and a call to arms, outlining the history, current status and future impact of climate change. Originally, somewhat of a global warming skeptic, Tim Flannery spent several years researching the topic and offers a connect-the-dots approach for a reading public who has received erratic or ambiguous data on the subject. Pulling on his proficiency as a scientist to talk about climate change from a historical viewpoint, Flannery also explains how climate change is interrelated across the planet.

In an effort to lend our hand to this global awareness campaign for climate change, we’ve mentioned above some books that are full of relevant and essential information. In doing so, we hope these titles encourage our readers to intensify their efforts in the fight against climate change.

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

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