Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Kildare Climate Fiction Series

Climate Fiction (Cli-Fi) Friday: Recommended Reads Week 7

Welcome to week 7 of Cli- Fi Friday Cli-Fi, we hope you enjoyed our last recommendations. This week we thought you might enjoy some more non fiction titles.

Looking to dive in? Six more weeks of Cli- Fi Friday remaining where we will post some new recommendations for you to sink your teeth into. Here are our week 7 suggestions for you.

Title : Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change 

Author : Elizabeth Kolbert

Synopsis: The Earth is now the warmest it has been in the past 4,20,000 years, which tells us that our planet is on the brink of a major climate change. Kolbert’s book draws our attention to the causes and effects of climate change by showing us how it has affected various places around the world. She tells us how the Dutch are already preparing to migrate to higher ground when sea levels eventually rise, and discusses the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans. In Field Notes From A Catastrophe, Kolbert uses persuasive reports and fact-based observations to tell us just how little action has been taken to thwart global warming and how the planet is already suffering because of it.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here.

Title : The World Without Us

Author : Alan Weisman

Synopsis: Alan Weisman’s thought-provoking book takes a different approach to climate change by envisioning what a world without humans might look like. In The World Without Us, Weisman uses the expertise of academics, marine biologists and engineers amongst others to show how the earth might heal from climate change.  Using an ecological viewpoint, he speculates on how, after the end of humanity, nature will take over our cities and thrive, similar to the manner in which wildflowers and animals have claimed nuclear disaster zone Chernobyl as their home. However, he points out that non-biodegradable plastic and nuclear waste will continue to have a long-lasting impact even after the end of humanity. This work on non-fiction will make us introspect on just how deeply we have affected this beautiful planet.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here .

Title : Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity

Author : James Hansen 

Synopsis: Dr James Hansen, the world’s leading scientist on climate issues, speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: the planet is hurtling to a climatic point of no return. Hansen – whose climate predictions have come to pass again and again, beginning in the 1980s when he first warned US Congress about global warming – is the single most credible voice on the subject worldwide. He paints a devastating but all-too-realistic picture of what will happen if we continue to follow the course, we’re on. But he is also a hard-headed optimist and shows that there is still time to take the urgent, strong action needed to save humanity.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here .

Title : How to Save Our Planet: The Facts

Author : Mark A. Maslin 

Synopsis: In this direct, handbook-style guide to our planet’s future, Earth System Science Professor Mark Maslin outlines everything we know about our planet and, true to its title, how to save it. In straightforward, accessible prose, Maslin equips readers with the most recent science about climate change, sustainability, and the climate we’re facing, then provide a clarion call to action. We have everything we need to preserve the planet, he argues, except for the proper politics and policies – but he’s optimistic about their future, too.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here.

Title : The Great Derangement

Author :Amitav Ghosh

Synopsis: In The Great Derangement, Amitav Ghosh laments on how corporate interest and man’s own greed have contributed to climate change. He believes that future generations will think that we deranged because, instead of taking action to control climate change, we remain silent spectators. He believes that literary fiction has failed to address climate change and that even in the writing of history, this crisis has been over-simplified. He also shows that contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just the West but also Asia that is responsible for environmental degradation, and how low-lying areas like Mumbai are paying the price for it. This book serves as a call to action for everyone to confront the issue of climate change before it is too late.  

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here.

Join us next week for another list of recommended Cli-Fi reads.

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