Climate Science

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

New York: Henry Holt, 2014. 319 pages.

Alluding to five great extinctions in geological history and a sixth under way, reviewer Joshua Rosenau writes, “Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History takes readers on a tour of these great extinctions, some of the species that went extinct and which are going extinct, the science which lets us track and—perhaps—avert extinctions, and the complex history of the very idea of extinction.” He praises “[h]er ability to meld history and science with vivid nature writing, vibrant personali

Planetary Climates

by Andrew P. Ingersoll

Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press, 2013. 288 pages.

In Planetary Climates, according to reviewer Jonathan Mitchell, Andrew P Ingersoll “takes us on a ‘grand tour’ of the Solar System and beyond as has been revealed through an era of rapid and unparalleled discovery. Ingersoll illustrates the physics of climate using the Solar System planets as examples and drawing on his experiences as a planetary scientist.

The Moon in the Nautilus Shell: Discordant Harmonies Reconsidered

by Daniel Botkin

New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 448 pages.

The Moon in the Nautilus Shell … comes as a timely gift of talking points to climate change deniers,” reviewer Charles Gasparovic warns. “Though mostly a critique of wildlife management—a history of errors in the ways of ecologists and the policies they influence— the final few chapters of the book take on climate science, in a portrayal of that field that is likely to resonate in the public forum much more than the rest of the book.”

Climate Change Science: A Modern Synthesis, volume 1: The Physical Climate

by G Thomas Farmer and John Cook

New York: Springer, 2013. 564 pages.

Praising its comprehensive and interdisciplinary coverage and its direct addressing of climate change denial, reviewer Jonathan Cole nevertheless writes, “its laudable ambitions are undermined by editing issues, numerous scientific errors, and unsubstantiated claims that make it difficult to recommend as a college text.” He was also critical of the book’s discussion of policy, remarking, “Climate policy must be informed by science, but also involves personal values and calls for a nuanced and thoughtful discussion no

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines

by Michael E. Mann

New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. 384 pages

“Michael Mann has arguably been subjected to more abuse than any other scientist in modern history,” writes reviewer Mark Boslough. “For over a decade he has endured an unimaginable torrent of hate and vitriol inflamed by fossil-fuel-funded interests, politicians, and right-wing pundits, and stoked by a growing wild-west blogosphere in which anybody can be an ‘expert,’ and everybody can pile on.” Boslough was especially appreciative of the section of the book in which Mann debunks his critics.

A Short Introduction to Climate Change

by Tony Eggleton

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 246 pages.

“It is rare for one person to encapsulate what is known about climate change in a single manuscript,” reviewer John Abraham writes. “But Eggleton has done just that with his new text, A Short Introduction to Climate Change. It is a must-read for anyone who is concerned about the climate—everyone from concerned citizens to parents, grandparents, students, and teachers. This is a book that is accessible and accurate. It is hard to imagine this could have been done better.”

Merchants of Doubt

by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2010. 368 pages.

From the publisher: "Merchants of Doubt was one of the most talked-about climate change books of recent years, for reasons easy to understand: It tells the controversial story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades.

Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes

by Bill McGuire

New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 303 pages.

“Bill McGuire’s main thesis in Waking the Giant is that global climate change will trigger earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes that will add to the major miseries of crop failures, acidification of the ocean, flooding of coastal cities, and unbearable heat over much of the planet. He provides numerous case studies, including those of his own. His conclusions are basically correct,” writes reviewer Norman H.

Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change

by Andrew T. Guzman

New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 280 pages.

Guzman “thinks the human dimensions of climate change have not been well communicated to the public,” explains reviewer Amy E.