Global warming bibliography

The books listed in this bibliography, which is accessible to all, cover a wide range of topics about global warming and views on it. This includes works covering the impact of global warming on the natural world: wildlife and biodiversity, ice and glaciers, deserts, rivers, coasts, storms and floods, droughts and heat waves. Also included are books which provide information on how individuals and communities can adapt to survive by adapting buildings, recycling, rationalising transport systems, transforming food production, and limiting population growth, and a fascinating selection of case studies from around the world. This rich and comprehensive bibliography seeks to inform and interest everyone in arguably the most challenging issue affecting the world today. It is a work in progress, and is updated regularly to ensure its continued relevance.

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You can download the entire Global Warming Bibliography in PDF format or in Word format. Alternatively you can view individual sections by clicking on the links below. All books in these separate sections of the bibliography are linked to Google books, providing more information on how they can be located.  

Part 1: Overview of global warming

  • Climate change in the past
  • Contemporary global warming: evidence, methodologies and modelling and monitoring
  • Current arguments and key debates
  • Manifestos and programmes for action
  • Individuals: observations and narratives

Part 2: The main fields of discourse

  • The sun
  • The atmosphere
  • Greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect
  • The ozone layer
  • Carbon and carbon dioxide
  • Carbon and manmade materials
  • Carbon trading and accounting
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Climate and weather
  • Water
  • Demography
  • Sustainability

Part 3: Energy: past, present and future

  • General
  • Fossil fuels
  • Nuclear energy
  • The hydrogen economy
  • Renewables (solar, wind, wave, tidal, geothermal, hydro, biomass etc)
  • Energy storage and distribution
  • Energy security
  • Hypothetical possibilities

Part 4: Impact on the natural world

  • Winds
  • Snow, ice and glaciers
  • Mountains
  • Deserts and arid lands
  • Peatlands and wetlands
  • Groundwater
  • Freshwater
  • Rivers and lakes
  • Tides, seas and oceans
  • Coasts
  • Forests and plants
  • Trees
  • Wildlife and biodiversity

Part 5: Natural disasters and responses to them

  • Disasters: General
  • Storms and floods
  • Monsoons
  • Drought
  • Heat waves
  • Fires

Part 6: How individuals and communities can adapt to climate change

  • Adaptability and survival
  • Traditional peoples living in conditions of extreme heat/drought/cold
  • How people can change their homes
  • The six essentials for adapting buildings: ventilation, cooling, insulation, heating, lighting and water usage
  • Managing water and waste
  • Recycling
  • How people can rethink their general lifestyle
  • Transport, travel and tourism
  • Redesigning cities and societies
  • Ethics

Part 7: Agriculture, food and health

  • Agriculture
  • Food and diet
  • The food industry
  • Fish, fishing and fisheries
  • Health

Part 8: The world stage

  • Green movements
  • Ecocriticism
  • Economics and business
  • Migration and resettlement associated with climate change
  • Conflicts and climate change
  • Politics and psychology
  • Governance, negotiation and co-operation: at local, regional, national and international levels

Part 9: The patterns and pace of climate change: case studies of cities, regions and countries

  • General
  • Africa
  • Alaska
  • Antarctica
  • Arctic
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Polar Regions
  • South Africa
  • South Pacific
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • United States

Part 10: The toolkit: invaluable textbooks and reference works

Part 11: The intellectual gymnasium: causality, complexity, perception etc.


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