Suggestions for introductory readings on climate science


Dessler, Andrew E. 2012. Introduction to Modern Climate Change. Cambridge University Press.


Downie, David L., Kate Brash, and Catherine Vaughan. 2009. Climate Change: A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO.


Gardiner, Stephen. 2010. "Ethics and Climate Change: An Introduction." WIREs Climate Change 1: 54-66.


Henson, Robert. 2011. The Rough Guide to Climate Change, 3rd ed. Penguin.


Kolbert, Elizabeth. 2006. Field Notes from a Catastrophe. Bloomsbury.


Lenton, Timothy M. 2011. "Beyond 2?C: Redefining Dangerous Climate Change for Physical Systems." WIREs Climate Change 2:451-461.


Lynas, Mark. 2007. "Six Steps to Hell." The Guardian, Sunday, April 22, 2007. Available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/apr/23/scienceandnature.climatechange.


Mastrandrea, Michael D. and Stephen H. Schneider. 2010. "Climate Change Science Overview." In Stephen H. Schneider, Armin Rosencranz, Michael D. Mastandrea, and Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti (eds.), Climate Change Science and Policy. Island Press. Pp. 11-27.


McNeall, Doug, Paul R. Halloran, Peter Good and Richard A. Betts. 2011. "Analyzing Abrupt and Nonlinear Climate Changes and Their Impacts." WIREs Climate Change 2:663-686.


Oreskes, Naomi. 2004. "Science and Public Policy: What's Proof Got to Do with It?" Environmental Science and Policy 7:369-383.


Oreskes, Naomi. 2010. "Answering Climate Change Skeptics." Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXyTpY0NCp0


Sarewitz, Daniel. 2004. "How Science Makes Environmental Controversies Worse." Environmental Science and Policy 7:385-403.


Schmidt, Gavin. 2007. "The CO2 Problem in 6 Easy Steps." Available at: http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2007/08/the-co2-problem-in-6-easy-steps/