The year you finally read a book about climate change

New York Times Books
Monday, April 20, 2020

On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day and with many of us stuck inside, we may find ourselves with more time, reflecting on the state of the Earth and humanity.  In light of this, the New York Times Books suggests picking up one of 21 books on the climate, like EAPS Professor Kerry Emanuel's "short and sweet explainer" called "What We Know About Climate Change."

An M.I.T. climatologist and a conservative, Emanuel sounds the alarm in a measured and scientifically sound way, making clear what we know and what we don’t know. There is little panic in this slender book, but there is a lot of troubling information.

Emanuel specifically thought of his book as a way of offering ammunition to those trying to convince family members or friends who are skeptical or don’t understand the science.

“Young adults who are disputing this problem with their own parents or an uncle or something — they can hand the book to them and say, ‘Will you at least read this?’” Emanuel said in a 2013 interview with The Times. “One at a time, you might change minds.”