The reading room

3rd April 2024


Five of the latest books on the environment and sustainability

Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet

Hannah Ritchie

Feeling anxious, powerless or confused about the future of our planet? This book is packed with the latest research, practical guidance and enlightening graphics that will make you rethink almost everything you’ve been told about the environment.

Not the End of the World gives you the tools to understand what works, what doesn’t and what we urgently need to focus on so we can leave a sustainable planet for future generations. This book will transform how you see our biggest environmental issues and how we can solve them. These problems are big. But they are solvable. We are not doomed.

The Exhausted of the Earth: Politics in a Burning World

Ajay Singh Chaudhary

Climate change is not only about the exhaustion of the planet, it’s also about the exhaustion of so many of us, our lives, our worlds, even our minds. So, what is to be done?

The Exhausted of the Earth brings together the science and the politics of climate change. It shows how a new politics demands a struggle between those attached to the power, wealth and security of ‘business as usual’, and those exhausted, in every sense of the word, by the status quo.

The Inequality of Wealth: Why it Matters and How to Fix It

Liam Byrne

The super-rich have never had it so good. But millions of us can’t afford a home, an education or a pension. And unless we change course soon, the future will be even worse. But things don’t have to be like this.

This book draws on conversations and debates with former prime ministers, presidents and policymakers around the world, together with experts at the OECD, World Bank and IMF, to argue that after 20 years of statistics and slogans it’s time for solutions that aren’t just radical but plausible and achievable as well.

Weathering: How the Earth’s Deep Wisdom Can Help Us Endure Life’s Storms

Ruth Allen

Rocks and mountains have withstood aeons of life on our planet – gradually eroding, shifting, solidifying and weathering. We spend less time on Earth, but humans are also weathering: evolving and changing as we’re transformed by the shifting climates of our lives and experiences. So, what might these ancient natural forms teach us about resilience and change?

This book takes us on a journey, showing how geology can offer us a new way of thinking about our own grief, change and boundaries.

Climate Change and International History: Climate Diplomacy in the Global North and South since 1950

Ruth A Morgan

This book explores how climate science has been mobilised in the political sphere, paying particular attention to the expansion of climate diplomacy into the Global South. The privileging of climate science and the emergence of climate scepticism are examined to consider how they have undermined efforts to remedy this planetary problem. This book explains the origins of the debates, the response of political leaders attempting to address the threat, and the barriers we face in creating an international regime to resolve the climate crisis.

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