I’ve had an interest in the learning the mechanistic basics of climate change for a long while, take this question on Stack Exchange as an example. Only recently, however, have I been able to dive into several books related to my favorite associated topics.
Out of all of them, I should just come right out and say that this was the best one by far:
The Goldilocks Planet seems to be written more with the perspective of a geologist rather than a climate scientist. The perspective this grants in incredible, where the material balance is actually something that matters, and mechanistic thinking of the Earth’s changes is really drilled deep into. It makes me want to read more about basic geological theories.
Next up, the book on global warming from A Very Short Introduction series was pretty good, but not really incredible. The climate science was decently strong, but the moments it veered into peripheral topics, it lost my interest some. I am kind of interested in the history of international agreements, but it comes off as dry and unentertaining material
Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction
Global warming is arguably the most critical and controversial issue facing the world in the twenty-first century, one…
Finally, The Unnatural World is a book I’m still working on, and I deeply want to love, but I don’t quite know if I can.
The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age
The Unnatural World chronicles a disparate band of unlikely heroes: an effervescent mad scientist who would fertilize…
It seems like there is more journalism than science in this work, and that might be okay, depending on what you’re looking for. Myself, I am incredibly hungry for material on geo-engineering and that’s exactly what this is about. Its format largely follows a human-interest type story about the people behind the iron ocean fertilization project. Of course, that opens up all kinds of avenues about international controversy around it.
That wraps up my state-of-the-books. Leave a comment if you have another good recent one that needs consideration.