Want to know more about global warming, but don’t know where to start? Check out these recommended DVDs and books and you’ll be on your way to a deeper understanding of the issue. Whether you want to learn about the science, the politics, the potential outcomes, or the solutions, there’s a wealth of valuable information available.
- 365 Ways to Save the Earth, by Philippe Bourseiller: Throughout his award-winning photographic career, Philippe Bourseiller has recorded the splendors of untamed nature. This experience has given him unique insight into both the richness and the fragility of our environment.
- High and Mighty: The Dangerous Rise of the Suv, by Keith Bradsher: Keith Bradsher has been at the forefront of critical SUV coverage since his posting as Detroit bureau chief for the New York Times. Bradsher makes a powerful case that these vehicles are much worse than cars - for their occupants, for other motorists, for pedestrians, and for the planet itself.
- Stop Global Warming: The Solution Is You!, by Laurie David: Global warming has become the most important issue for the future of our planet, dominating news headlines and policy discussions. Stop Global Warming turns headlines into action, providing testimony of leading environmental activist Laurie David's own passionate work and showing how and why others (particularly young people) should get involved in this and other environmental issues.
- The Down-to-Earth Guide To Global Warming, by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon: Irreverent and entertaining, DOWN TO EARTH is filled with facts about global warming and its disastrous consequences, loads of photos and illustrations, as well as suggestions for how kids can help combat global warming in their homes, schools, and communities.
- Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond: Jared Diamond probes what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to fall into ruin, and what we can learn from their fates. Using a vast historical and geographical perspective, Diamond traces a fundamental pattern of environmental catastrophe, one whose warning signs can be seen in our modern world and that we ignore at our peril.
- The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth, by Tim Flannery: World-renowned scientist and explorer Tim Flannery offers a clear, accessible review of the complex science behind global warming. Flannery covers a wide range of scientific topics, offering real-life examples of global warming's devastating consequences, and predicts that the next 100 years could prove disastrous if we don't act fast.
- Boiling Point, by Rob Gelbspan: Boiling Point is recommended reading for anyone interested in not only the science behind climate change, but also the war on science launched by corporate polluters who bankrolled an extensive network of "skeptics" and contrarians in an effort to confuse the issue and thwart progress toward solving global warming.
- Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future, by Jeff Goodell: In the tradition of Rachel Carson and Eric Schlosser, the veteran journalist Jeff Goodell examines the faulty assumptions underlying coal's revival and shatters the myth of cheap coal energy.
- An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, by Al Gore: The companion volume to the movie, An Inconvenient Truth tells the story of former Vice President Al Gore's life-long passion for studying global warming, and details his quest to educate the world about the growing threat we face from the climate crisis.
- Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, by Al Gore: First published in 1992, it helped place the environment on the national agenda. Earth in the Balance focuses on the threats that everyday choices pose to our climate, water, soil, and diversity of plant and animal life.
- Earth Odyssey: Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future, by Mark Hertsgaard: Like many of us, Mark Hertsgaard long worried about the declining health of our environment. But in 1991, he decided to investigate the escalating crisis for himself, embarking on an odyssey lasting most of the decade and spanning nineteen countries. In Earth Odyssey he reports on our environmental predicament through the eyes of the people who live it.
- The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World, by Steven Kazlowski: An intimate photographic expose on the fragile existence of the polar bear, paired with essays revealing our critical connection to life in the Arctic 200 full-color images of the polar bear in its Arctic habitat, taken over a six-year period. Scientists agree that by the end of this century the polar bear will be the first mammal threatened with extinction due to climate change. The Last Polar Bear is the first book to fully document that story.
- Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: In this powerful indictment of George W. Bush's White House, environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., charges that the administration has taken corporate favoritism to unprecedented heights -- threatening our health, our national security, and our democracy.
- Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, by Elizabeth Kolbert: Based on a groundbreaking series of articles Kolbert authored for the New Yorker magazine, Field Notes offers an unbiased look at the reality of global warming, featuring interviews with researchers, environmentalists and residents of towns threatened by the changing climate.
- The End of Nature, by Bill McKibben: This impassioned plea for radical and life-renewing change is today still considered a groundbreaking work in environmental studies. McKibben's argument that the survival of the globe is dependent on a fundamental, philosophical shift in the way we relate to nature is more relevant than ever.
- Thepurplebook Green: An Eco-friendly Online Shopping Guide, by Hillary Mendelsohn and Ian Anderson: These online shopping guides have always brought the best of the internet to light and, with this special Green Edition, the authors have turned their focus to the web's finest eco-friendly stores. These shops reward your environmental awareness with unmatched selections of product that have been designed with the planet in mind.
- The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World, by Andrew Revkin: An award-winning environmental reporter with The New York Times, Revkin chronicles his trip to the top of the world with a team of scientists studying global warming's effects on this vanishing polar ice cap. Filled with color photos and detailed travel notes, this thrilling adventure story is a page-turner for everyone.
- Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, by James Gustave Speth: In this powerful book, a renowned environmental leader warns that despite all the international negotiations of the past two decades, efforts to protect Earth's environment are not succeeding.
- The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability, by James Gustave Speth: Gus Speth begins with the observation that the environmental community has grown in strength and sophistication, but the environment has continued to decline, to the point that we are now at the edge of catastrophe. Speth contends that this situation is a severe indictment of the economic and political system we call modern capitalism.