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Recommended Reading

Any Wisconsin resident may request books from Wisconsin's Water Library. Use the Request Form to have materials sent to your local public library for pick up and return.

Recommended readings are divided into Great Lakes and General. Also, take a look at Videos and selected Web Sites for additional information.

Great Lakes
030733 Kling, George W. et al. Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Impacts on Our Communities and Ecosystems. Cambridge, Mass.: Union of Concerned Scientists., c2003.
Also available on the Web at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glchallengereport.html
Written in a readily accessible style, this comprehensive report examines the potential impacts of climate change upon the various ecosystems of the Great Lakes region. At the URL cited above, the Union of Concerned Scientists also makes additional related materials available as PDFs including an updated executive summary of this report, a Wisconsin-specific summary and climate change solution booklets.
030785 Preparing for a Changing Climate: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change: Great Lakes/A Summary by the Great Lakes Regional Assessment Group for the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Ann Arbor: Great Lakes Regional Assessment, University of Michigan, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Department, c2000.
Also available on the Web at:
This report summarizes the methods, findings, and recommendations from the Great Lakes Regional Assessment Team regarding the potential impacts of future climate change and variability in the Great Lakes region. It complements the overview report of the National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change which was comissioned by the US Global Change Research Program. The National Assessment is available at http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/nacc/default.htm.
030799 Climate Change and Water Quality in the Great Lakes Basin; Report of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board to the International Joint Commission. Windsor, Ontario; Detroit, Mich.: International Joint Commission, 2003.
Also available on the Web at http://www.ijc.org/php/publications/html/climate/index.html
Climate change could have significant implications for the Great Lakes watershed. This report explores the risks, opportunities and responses associated with climate change and Great Lakes water quality.
030800 A Change in Climate: Global Warming and Wisconsin. Milwaukee: Journal Sentinel, 2007.
Also available on the Web at http://www.jsonline.com/index/index.aspx?id=108
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the interrelationships between global warming and Wisconsin in this occasional series of articles.
030823 Kling, George W., et al. Findings from Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region; Impacts on Wisconsin Communities and Ecosystems. Cambridge, Mass.: Union of Concerned Scientists, c2003.
Also available on the Web at
This summary highlights the potential impact of climate change on Wisconsin’s economy, people, and places. Experts involved in writing the report included John J. Magnuson and Richard Lindroth, both of the University of Wisconsin.

030741 Weart, Spencer R. The Discovery of Global Warming. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003.
Physicist Weart provides readers with an engaging and informative history of the study of the phenomenon of global warming. The science and politics of this controversial issue are discussed as well as solutions now under consideration.
030752 Wohlforth, Charles. The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change. New York: North Point Press, 2004.
This fascinating account focuses on how two different groups of people -- Inupiat and scientists -- view the occurrence of global warming in the Arctic.  These two perspectives, though often very different, can together shape our understanding of the process of climate change and its effects.
030753 National Research Council. Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 2002.
Through examining the climate record for the past 100,000 years, this title compiles what scientists currently understand about abrupt climate change.  The implications for human society are included and a research strategy is outlined to help us prepare for the possibility of climate change.
030778 Flannery, Tim. The Weather Makers; How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005.
The Weather Makers outlines the history of climate change, how it will unfold over the next century, and what we can do to prevent a cataclysmic future. Flannery also offers specific suggestions for action for both lawmakers and individuals.
030784 Kolbert, Elizabeth. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. 1st U.S. ed. New York: Bloomsbury Pub., 2006.
To tackle the subject of global warming, Kolbert travels to the Arctic, interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science and the studies, draws frightening parallels to lost ancient civilizations, unpacks the politics, and presents the personal tales of those who are being affected most--the people who make their homes near the poles and are watching their worlds disappear.
030786 Reay, Dave. Climate Change Begins at Home: Life on the Two-Way Street of Global Warming. London; New York: Macmillan, 2005.
While government and industry fail to act on climate change, we could all work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60%, the level necessary to halt the current trend according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This book challenges readers to rethink their notions of doing their part.
030787 Linden, Eugene. The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations. New York: Simon & Schuster, c2006.
Environmental journalist Linden describes a recurring pattern: civilizations become prosperous and complacent during good weather, only to collapse when climate changes -- either through its direct effects, such as floods or drought, or indirect consequences, such as disease, blight, and civil disorder. The Winds of Change places climate change and the resulting instability in historical context.
030788 Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do about It. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale Press, c2006.
"Our climate crisis may . . . appear to be happening slowly, but in fact it is happening very quickly - and has become a true planetary emergency. . . ." -- Al Gore
030790 Dessler, Andrew E. and Edward A. Parson. The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Climate variability has become the primary environmental concern of the 21st century. Yet, despite the scientific community's warnings of the imminent dangers of global warming, politicians have failed to agree on what to do about this problem. This introductory primer informs scientists, policy makers and the general public by clarifying the conflicting claims of the debate.
030791 Lovelock, James. The Revenge of Gaia: Earth’s Climate in Crisis and the Fate of Humanity. New York: Basic Books, c2006.
James Lovelock's Gaia Theory maintains that the entire Earth functions as a single living super organism, regulating its internal environment much as an animal regulates its body temperature. But Lovelock thinks the organism is now sick. He says it is too late to prevent the global climate from "flipping" into an entirely new equilibrium that will threaten civilization as we know it; but we can do much to save humanity.
030792 Cox, John D. Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change and What It Means for Our Future. Washington, D.C.: Joseph Henry Press, c2005.
It is now apparent that alterations in our climate can happen quickly and dramatically. Centuries of slow, creeping climate variations have been punctuated by far more rapid changes. What does this mean for our future? While scientists have long recognized the threats posed by global warming, they must now consider that the natural behavior of our climate is perhaps a greater threat than we'd imagined.
030793 Speth, James Gustave. Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment. New Haven: Yale University Press, c2004.
Speth explains why current approaches to critical global environmental problems - climate change, biodiversity loss, deterioration of marine environments, deforestation, water shortages, and others - don't work. Setting forth eight specific steps to a sustainable future, Speth convincingly argues that dramatically different government and citizen action are now urgent.
030794 Jackson, Rob. The Earth Remains Forever: Generations at a Crossroads. 1st ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002.
Laying out the scientific facts in plain language with flashes of humor, Jackson shows how the escalation of population growth and resource consumption in the 20th century caused problems from ozone depletion to global warming, habitat destruction, and biodiversity loss. At the same time, however, he highlights solutions to these problems and ways in which we can create a sustainable future for subsequent generations.
030795 National Research Council. Climate Change Science: An Analysis of Some Key Questions. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, c2001.
Also available on the Web at http://books.nap.edu/catalog/10139.html
Climate Change Science characterizes the global warming trend over the last 100 years, and examines what may be in store for the 21st century and the extent to which warming may be attributable to human activity.
030796 National Research Council. Under the Weather: Climate, Ecosystems, and Infectious Disease. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, c2001.
Also available on the Web at http://books.nap.edu/catalog/10025.html
This report evaluates our current understanding of the linkages among climate, ecosystems, and infectious disease; it then goes a step further and outlines the research needed to improve our understanding of these linkages.
030798 Robert T. Watson and the Core Writing Team, eds. Climate Change 2001: Synthesis Report. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
The Climate Change 2001 volumes of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change provide the most comprehensive assessment of climate change done since the IPCC second report, Climate Change 1995. The Synthesis Report gives a comprehensive summary of the main points of the three separate volumes of the 2001 Report: The Scientific Basis; Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability; and Mitigation.
030801 Climate Change 2007, Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: Summary for Policymakers; Working Group II Contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Fourth Assessment Report.
Geneva: WMO, IPCC Secretariat, 2007.
Also available on the Web at http://www.ipcc.ch/SPM6avr07.pdf
The Summary for Policymakers briefly reviews the “current scientific understanding of impacts of climate change on natural, managed and human systems, the capacity of these systems to adapt and their vulnerability.” It incorporates knowledge gained since the last IPCC assessment in 2001.

030743 Video Dickie, Bonnie and Terry Woolf. Inuit Observations on Climate Change. Winnipeg: International Institute for Sustainable Development, 2000.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development and its partners document the threats from global warming to the traditional Inuit way of life.  Changes in ice flow patterns, loss of permafrost, increase in winter storms, reduction of ice thickness and the influx of new temperate-weather species (such as mosquitoes) to the region all have a huge impact on the Inuit way of life. 45 Min.
An Inconvenient Truth. Hollywood, Calif.: Paramount, c2006.
Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warning have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause. Between lecture segments, Gore discusses his personal commitment to the environment, sharing anecdotes from his experiences. 96 Min.

Web Sites
  BBC News – Climate Change
This BBC special feature on climate change is part of their Planet Under Pressure series. It includes an archive of articles on the subject, an interactive "Guide to Climate Change", charts and maps, an energy quiz and scientific background on climate change.
  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
A leading authority on climate change, the IPCC was established by the World Meteorological Organization and the UN Environment Programme in 1988 to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to climate change. IPCC climate experts synthesize the most recent scientific findings to issue comprehensive assessments of the state of knowledge on climate change. The “Summary for Policymakers” of the most recent comprehensive assessment, “Climate Change 2007”, is available on the Web site.
  New Scientist Special Report: Climate Change
In addition to constantly updated news on climate change, the magazine offers a section called "Instant Expert" which contains a timeline, articles, reading lists, and notable quotes.
  Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Established in 1998, the Center's brings together business leaders, policy makers, scientists, and other experts to provide credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change.  The Web site provides a wealth of both basic and in depth information for those interested in this important subject.
  Union of Concerned Scientists: Global Warming
Writing for the general public, the Union of Concerned Scientists provides an easily understood overview of the problem of global warming along with the scientific evidence that it is underway and what we can all do to reduce the threat.
  US EPA: Climate Change
EPA's Climate Change Site offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments.

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