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

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

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: