Key Resources on Climate Change


Hengeveld, Henry et al. ed. An Introduction to Climate Change: a Canadian Perspective. Environment Canada. Ottawa: Ministry of Public Works and Government Services. 2005. Also available at A very good overview of the scientific background to the issue.

Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth. (DVD) Paramount Pictures, 2006. The former American Vice-President's presentation on global warming. The website has a downloadable education guide.

The following two books lay out the case for global warming and give suggestions for action:

Monbiot, George. Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. Toronto: Doubleday, 2006

Lynn McDonald's discussion of this book.

Flannery, Tim. The Weather Makers: How We are Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life On Earth. Toronto: HarperCollins, 2006.
Lynn McDonald's discussion of this book.

Other Resources

Ten key books on the climate crisis

  • Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. New York: Viking 2005.
  • Flannery, Tim. The Weathermakers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. New York: Atlantic Monthly 2005; and Now or Never: Why We Need to Act Now to Achieve a Sustainable Future. Toronto: Harper Collins 2009.
  • Gore, Al. The Assault on Reason. New York: Penguin 2007.
  • Hansen, James. Storms of my Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and our Last Chance to Save Humanity. New York: Bloomsbury 2010.
  • McKibben, Bill. The End of Nature. New York: Random House 1989.
  • Mitchell, Alanna. Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart 2009.
  • Monbiot, George. Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. Canadian edition Toronto: Doubleday 2006.
  • Simpson, Jeffrey, Mark Jaccard and Nick Rivers, Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge. Toronto: Douglas Gibson Books 2007.
  • Weaver, Andrew. Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World. Toronto: Penguin 2008.

Environmental organization websites, government agencies with relevant information on climate change, activities

What would the world look like if the average temperature increases by 4 degrees (C)?

Professor John Beddington, the UK Government’s Chief Scientist said, “This map developed by the Met Office Hadley Centre, based on the latest climate modelling and peer reviewed science, shows a truly frightening picture of a possible future world in which mankind has failed to act on climate change. It is a world we must do all we can to avoid. A 4degC rise globally would mean temperature rises far higher than 4degC in many countries and regions, with potentially devastating impacts for people across the planet.