The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

I’m a sucker for disaster films, but there’s a reason the saying “May you live in interesting times” is a curse. This book viscerally examines the hardships human societies may face if we continue our trajectory through global warming. Arm yourself with an in-depth look at the future that might await us if we don’t veer from our path off the cliff of ecological tipping points. I recommend this book to anyone worried about climate change, and also to anyone who thinks climate change “isn’t that bad.”

Due to how bleak the contents are, I recommend following this book with the A Bright Future by Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvist.

A Bright Future

Having been leery of nuclear power, I was skeptical at first, but this brilliant book earned my respect first as a piece of writing and then as an argument for an oft-maligned energy source. The authors begin with a fantastic bait-and-switch that remains with me even years after first reading it. I’ve reversed my position and fully sided with nuclear thanks to their arguments. Nuclear power is not only the safest (or second safest, depending on how you count) power source in the world, even over wind, but per gram it outproduces every other source many times over and is zero-emissions? And you can back that up with solid facts? Yes, please.

I recommend A Bright Future to anyone who’s on the fence about nuclear power. Read this book right now.