The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why the SC Times is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.

Christine Kramer

By Christine Kramer

With Christmas just about a day away, I’ve compiled a list of books as some possible last-minute gift ideas. Many of these book suggestions come from our congressman, Rep. Mike Levin, an environmental attorney, his staffer Colton Roughen, as well as my husband Larry Kramer, who reads voraciously on climate change, and a few from me.

John Grant’s 2009 book Debunk It! Fake News Edition: How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation, is intendedfor adults—but useful for teens—and explains how to use critical thinking skills to identify bad evidence and poor arguments.

Grant summarizes the rhetorical tricks people use to mislead, and offers advice on dealing with people who intentionally misinform.

Roughen suggests 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuyval Noah Harari.

“Great comprehensive book about living in this time that also includes some perspectives on the climate and environment,” Roughen describes of the 2018 book.                             

Katharine Hayhoe, a Christian conservative climate scientist, talks about how our choices will determine our future in her 2021 book Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. The author has also led TED Talks and has a series on YouTube for young people called Global Weirding

Andrew J. Hoffman examines what causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change in How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate.

Shi-Ling Hsu examines the four major approaches to curbing CO2 and demonstrates why a carbon tax is currently the most effective policy in The Case for a Climate Tax: Getting Past Our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy.

Michael T. Klare’s 2019 book, All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change, shows how the U.S. military sees the climate threat as imperiling the country on several fronts at once.

UC Irvine author Shahir Masri answers many common misconceptions about climate change in Beyond Debate: Answers to 50 Misconceptions on Climate Change. The book is suitable for a younger audience, as it serves as a great first dive into the subject.

David Remnick’s The Fragile Earth: Writing from The New Yorker on Climate Change covers three decades of New Yorker essays about climate change. It includes Bill McKibben’s seminal essay “The End of Nature,” which popularizes both the science and politics of climate change for a general audience.

One of Larry’s suggestions is Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, a book by Edward O. Wilson. The book, he says, “makes the case that about half the Earth should be left natural. It may seem unrealistic until you realize that about 40% of San Juan Capistrano is open space.”

Chris Kramer is a longtime resident of San Juan Capistrano and a member of the South Orange County chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Education. She and her husband, Larry, have moved 26 times in their married life, including to India (Andhra Pradesh) and Africa (Ghana). She has a MLIS from University of Hawaii and a BA from University of Michigan (Go Blue).

Trustworthy, accurate and reliable local news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsroom by making a contribution and becoming a subscribing member today.

About The Author Staff

comments (1)

  • Stop the climate hysteria! It is the climate cultists who are spreading the misinformation. When climate cultists find it necessary to doctor their data because reality doesn’t reflect their desires, the results are what we saw in Climate Gate. Also, when climate scientist, Roy Spencer, the leading authority on satellite driven temperature profiles for the planet, discovered the data didn’t support the alarmists, instead of rejoicing that the facts weren’t as scary as they claimed, attacked the messenger, Roy Spencer.

    So I ask the climate alarmists:

    What caused the Roman warming period?

    What caused the Medieval warming period?

    What caused the little ice age?

    Why have the prognostications of climate cultists so often failed miserably?

    Climate has always changed, will continue to change and while man has a small impact, this impact is dwarfed by natural forces.

    Stop the hysteria.

comments (1)

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>