Whatever one may think about global warming and man's role in the earth's complicated ecosystems, recent events prove to everyone beyond doubt that climate change is here, and catastrophic climate change is an ever-present threat to us all. Here are some current materials that inform and present further evidence that may have been missed.
Tried to get homeowners' insurance in Florida recently? If so, you know the truth found in sections of Forecast: the consequences of climate change. Hurricanes have rendered insurance an impossibility for many Floridians, which has led to huge numbers of foreclosures. Other areas of the world are equally distressed due to climatic crises. Newly released in paperback, Stephan Faris' work highlights past,present and future occurrences of climate shift affecting political and migratory realities for people around the world, including the USA. Faris began his study of these phenomena while writing on the Darfur tragedy--a direct, political result of Saharan desertification.
Anyone who watched The day after tomorrow with a hint of wonder or worry will want Fred Pearce's With speed and violence: why scientists fear tipping points in climate change. This is the book to take that level of wonder several notches higher. Pearce (When the rivers run dry) is an exceptional environmental writer who tries to maintain a healthy skepticism towards all claims. In this book he describes many indicative conditions that could tip the entire planet into catastrophe--especially the nearly inescapable water shortages. Entirely readable and clear, this is a good, up-to-date choice in the field.
For fun and practical ideas, The global warming survival handbook: 77 essential skills to stop climate change--or live through it by David de Rothschild is a great choice. Some of the ideas are borderline silly, but still not entirely worthless. For instance, number 54 encourages us to say "nuclear" correctly. That doesn't help much. But building a bat house (#44) is a good mosquito control method and changing to the new light bulbs (#3) is an unobtrusive way to save energy and money.
In addition, the library owns an up-to-date National Geographic DVD that ranges over a wide range of climate and ecology reports, including coverage of the earthquake in China, the Myanmar hurricane, discovery of new species, the recovery of Bikini Atoll 50 years after atom bomb testing, and much more. Well-done and well-balanced, this new DVD, Earth Report: State of the Planet 2009, showcases clips of both bleak and sublime developments from around the world. Brave the weather and find out more by checking out one of these selections!