The Best Climate Books of 2021 – Five Books Expert Recommendations

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Check out this timely list from Five Books, which was curated by climate science historian Sarah Dry.

Where are we at with climate books in 2021? When we spoke a couple of years ago, quite a few of the books you chose—not all of them—were quite descriptive. Whereas now, it’s much more about how we’re going to solve this. Has the emphasis changed?

I agree. I think there is a much more pragmatic and practical tone to several of the books that I’ve selected. Without wanting to play into these narratives of ‘we only have x amount of time left’, there is a sense that now is the time to act.

Perhaps some of that, in the UK at least, is related to COP26 coming up. Perhaps some of it is around the sense that certain cultural, economic or political tipping points have been reached that make it feel that action is more possible. Some of it may have to do with my own tastes shifting, and being more interested in reading books that essentially say, ‘Yes, we can—and here’s how’.

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