551. Geology, hydrology, meteorology
Lars Anderson The Storm and the Tide: Tragedy, Hope and Triumph in Tuscaloosa, 2014.
Anderson shares the heartwarming story of Alabama’s Crimson Tide, and how the football team helped the city of Tuscaloosa recover from the tornado that tore through the town in April 2011.
Gary Braasch and Lynne Cherry How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming, 2010.
While this book was written to explain to children how scientists know the climate is changing, it also serves as a great introduction for adults. It’s recommended for children, parents, and teachers and provides hope and calls to action.
Deborah R. Coen Climate in Motion: Science, Empire, and the Problem of Scale, 2018.
Deborah R. Coen gives the history of climate science all the way back to its roots in nineteenth-century central and eastern Europe. While this is not an explanation of how today’s climate scientists reach conclusions, it presents climate science as part of “scaling” which uses different frameworks for measuring the world. Climate is one of these frameworks.
Philip Conkling, et al. The Fate of Greenland: Lessons from Abrupt Climate Change, 2011.
We all know that Greenland is melting, but how much does that matter? If all Greenland’s ice were to suddenly melt, the results would raise worldwide sea levels by twenty-four feet placing Florida’s coastline in Orlando. This work demonstrates why we should all be concerned with the Greenland ice sheet.
Tim Flannery Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet, 2010.
From the Big Bang to the rise of Homo sapiens, internationally renowned scientist Tim Flannery traces how our Earth was formed, how the atmosphere and the oceans turned from toxic to life-sustaining, and how life eventually arose, evolved, and thrived. It is a sweeping look at the history of everything.
“If you’re concerned about our future, it’s not just desirable that we eradicate poverty in the developing world, create more equal societies and never let ourselves fight another war; it’s imperative, for the discount factor tells us that failure to do so may cost us the Earth.” –Tim Flannery Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet.
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