The best books on climate change and our natural world

The Books I Picked & Why

The Great Soul of Siberia

By Sooyong Park

The Great Soul of Siberia

Why this book?

Sooyong Park spends years in the wilderness to monitor and track the last remaining Siberian tigers. He spends weeks in the middle of a freezing winter in a dug-out shelter to photograph these magnificent animals in their ever-diminishing wilderness. But neither the freezing weather nor climate change is the immediate problem for the tigers - poaching and human encroachment are destroying the habitat they need to live in to prevent interbreeding.  You could cry reading this book.


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Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

By David JC MacKay

Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

Why this book?

David MacKay does something unusual for a university professor. He brings all the talk about energy and climate change to life. A fantastic analysis of energy in all its forms, bringing it down to earth. His book answers the real questions that we need to ask, such as how much land would be needed to power the United Kingdom from renewable energy? His answers are detailed in graphs and pictures making them accessible and easy to understand. This brings a sense of realism and raises the conversation to the next level.


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How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

By Mike Berners-Lee

How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

Why this book?

We need to cut our carbon footprint to 'save the planet'. But how do we do so without an understanding of the carbon footprint of what we buy. Mike's book brings this important subject to life. The impact of bananas, grown in the tropical sunshine, is not as bad as you might expect as shipping has a fairly low carbon impact, but when buying coffee it is the milk, not the coffee granules, or boiling the water that has the big carbon impact. Avoid milky lattes at all costs! A quirky and fun book.


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Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm

By Isabella Tree

Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm

Why this book?

When you think about rewilding most people will think about planting trees across the Scottish Highlands, reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone, or restoring the vast American prairies as habitat for buffalo. 'Wilding' is special as it takes an average farm in Sussex, not far from London, and shows what can be done to rewild nature. Within a few years wildflowers grow, insects thrive and birdlife - the signature of biodiversity - reappear like magic. Truly inspiring.


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The Adventures of Captain Polo: Pole to Pole

By Alan J. Hesse

The Adventures of Captain Polo: Pole to Pole

Why this book?

It is the next generation that will have to continue to tackle and adapt to climate change. We need to educate our children, and Alan Hesse does this through fun and entertaining cartoons. Pole to Pole presents an engaging introduction to climate change ranging from polar ice melt to climate refugees. Through the eyes and adventures of Captain Polo the polar bear, travel the world for a tale of action and adventure, with a strong dose of humour.


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