The world is awash with non-fiction books relating to the environment, so much so that is is practically impossible to walk into a bookstore and find what you want. Thankfully, for you, the dontpassgas blog has looked at some of the best books about the environment and wrote about them on these pages to save you time and hassle.
The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World by Jeff Goodell is a superb book that may have you thinking it is a dystopian novel set in an imaginary world. It is not. What this book does is give you a sobering look at what our world could look like and be shaped into if we continue to ignore the warning signs of global warming and continue to damage this wonderful planet. Goodell talks about what may happen to Miami and New York City if climate changes continue to cause the sea level to rise and provides data to back up his claims.
The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions by Peter Brannen is another environmental book that you have to treat yourself to. Brannen, an award winning journalist, writes about how we are now facing our sixth mass extinction and it does sometimes read like a mystery novel. Instead of predicting volcanoes and asteroids will cause the sixth mass extinction on planet Earth, Brannen informs the reader that scientists are uncovering more evidence that climate change played a major role in the previous five extinctions and that the human race as we know it now could cease to exist in the coming years.
A book written in a different style is David Goodrich’s A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the United States. Goodrich recalls, in entertaining fashion, his 4,200-mile bicycle journey from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to Oregon’s Pacific Coast, an excursion that took him three-months. Goodrich, the former head of the U.S. Global Change Research Project, speaks to everyday folk on his journey and learns how climate change has a huge effect on their lives and their health. The memoir is entertaining and, at times, can be quite harrowing.
Another eye-opening book is Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution by Marcus Eriksen. The author certainly pulls no punches and states that his goal is to end the throwaway culture that modern day people have.
Eriksen sets sail from Los Angeles to Hawaii on a home-made plastic raft and discovers, while at sea, that the plastic waste that pollutes marine life isn’t a simple floating mass, but more millions of floating microparticles that are extremely difficult to clean up. In addition to opening your eyes to the effects waste plastic causes to marine life, and ultimately human life, you get to read all about Eriksen’s journey across the ocean, so you almost get two works to read for the price of one.