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Key Resources on Climate Change

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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 www.msc.ec.gc.ca/education/scienceofclimatechange(link is external) A very good overview of the scientific background to the issue.

Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth. (DVD) Paramount Pictures, 2006. www.climatecrisis.net(link is external) 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:

  1. Monbiot, George. Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. Toronto: Doubleday, 2006(link is external)
    Lynn McDonald’s discussion of this book.
  2. 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