Screenshot 2014-10-02 08.09.07Are you looking for compelling and accessible resources about climate change? We’ve recently published a book called Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice (2014, University of Toronto Press).  In it, we present climate change as both a scientific and a public policy issue, exploring the connections between climate change and major social concerns, such as human health, poverty, and other environmental problems.  We walk you through the key elements of the climate system so that you can become a more confident communicator, and we highlight well-established facts as well as sources of controversy.  The book complements and expands on topics discussed in the Climate Literacy course.

We hope you, your friends, family, and colleagues find the book helpful to continue your conversations about climate change.


Here are a few of the reviews:

“Bridging social and natural science, Understanding Climate Change is a very accessible and well developed explanation of climate change.  Students without scientific backgrounds will find the approach refreshing and appealing, yet those with natural science training will still find it engaging and interesting.”  -Len Broberg, Director, Environmental Students Program, University of Montana.

“Written in an accessible style that will engage the reader, Understanding Climate Change is a well-balanced, comprehensive review of climate science and politics.  The field has been crying out for such a resource.” -Aled Jones, Director, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

Understanding Climate Change is a well-written text, with strong and substantive content.  Undergraduates will find its analogies and metaphors catchy and effective for learning and retention.” -Max Boykoff, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado-Boulder

The book is available in paperback, hardcover, or as an e-book at the U of T Press site, Amazon (links below), and other booksellers.

Sarah Burch and Sara Harris

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