The sectors in which Climate Strategy and its partners work are some of the most vibrant, dynamic and rapidly growing areas of knowledge and business today. They are also some of the most technical, with new innovations and discoveries happening with increased frequency.
There is an almost limitless amount of reading, research and web based resources available in our subject area. What we have tried to post here are just a handful of our “top picks” of books, papers and websites which have crossed our path and which we hope are useful in furthering your broader understanding of the framework for our activities 1:
Recent reads which we have found thought provoking :
Published in 2013, Jeremy Leggett gives a personal testimony of the dangers often ignored and incompletely understood regarding Systemic risks of oil supply, climate shock and financial collapse and how they threaten tomorrow’s economies.
Edited by Cary Krosinsky, this book details how sustainable Investing is fast becoming an essential method of generating long-term returns, moving beyond the negative approaches to socially responsible investing that have dominated the field. This book, provides over 15 case studies of leading global investors and companies demonstrating how they successfully apply sustainability aspects to their core strategies.
George Monbiot’s 2006 analysis of what can practically be done to prevent the acceleration of climate change, using the UK as a model, is a dry, passionate, elegant and engaging depiction of a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. His leading thinking, style and approach are both provocative and pragmatic.
Fascinating history of oil and a forward look into the sustainability of our current demand for this limited resource. Peter Tertzanian’s expert views as an energy economist are enlightening for many of us who haven’t dedicated their lives to following the hydrocarbon extraction, refining and delivery industries.
A personal account of Mark Lynas’ visits to the front line of climate change. This book puts the reader vividly in the shoes of people living in the world’s climate “hot spots” and describes the changes taking place and how they are impacting lives and livelihoods.
Jeremy Leggett’s highly engaging and eye opening account of his experiences and insights into the politics surrounding the climate negotiations during the 1990s in the run-up to the Kyoto Climate Summit in 1997.
Nicholas (Lord) Stern’s recent April 2009 summary of his thinking in the Stern Review and answering some of its more recent critics.
An energy expert's re-analysis of the links between economic growth, improved quality of life and greater consumption. Tertzakian takes a detailed and refreshing look at our energy addiction and focuses on change in needs and usage patterns as the key agents to help solve the looming energy-climate crisis.
Fred Pearce, former news editor of New Scientist, has been writing about water issues for over 20 years and his book is an eye-opener into the potentially water stressed world of 2025. Vivid portraits from 30 countries show how current water pressures are likely to become the defining issue for this century if exacerbated by climate change.
A very readable book about Prashant Vaze's attempts to reduce his annual emissions by 40%, which is what the UK Government recommends by 2020. The author is thoughtful, humorous and the book is full of practical suggestions for a lower emissions lifestyle.
Based upon three years of research, Dan Esty and Andrew Winston have elegantly summarized why companies go green, the strategies and tools they use to get there and of course the pitfalls they run into on the way. Started in 2002, Green to Gold has been a leader in revealing the corporate response to emerging environmental and climate trends.
A calm analysis of the issues raised by an economic growth driven culture and the environmental impacts of this. Booth clearly lays out the trade-offs implicit in a single-minded focus on economic growth and proposes new models bounded by sustainability and improvements in energy and resource productivity.
A useful analysis of the parallel climate and energy crises in a US context, illustrating the urgency and potential for their joint solution. Friedman looks at the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy—both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument highlights concerns about the state of America in the global future.
This book provides key insights into the detail of the battle for appropriate climate change legislation in the USA. Pooley captures the characters involved in the struggle to limit greenhouse gas emissions in America and with patient detail walks the reader step by step through the maze of the fight for public opinion and legislative progress (or the lack of it). An important read for those in the global climate community.
This provides a vivid picture of impending planetary crisis--a global food shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century--that would dwarf any in our previous experience. Cribb's comprehensive assessment describes a dangerous confluence of shortages--of water, land, energy, technology, and knowledge--combined with the increased demand created by population and economic growth. Writing in brisk, accessible prose, Cribb explains how the food system interacts with the environment and with armed conflict, poverty, and other societal factors. He shows how high food prices and regional shortages are already sending shockwaves into the international community. Yet, far from outlining a doomsday scenario, Cribb offers a strong and positive call to action, exploring the greatest issue of our age and providing practical suggestions for addressing each of the major challenges it raises.