Books & Chapters

Standing up for a sustainable world: Voices of change

This book combines the voices of leading academics as well as climate change and environmental activists, entrepreneurs and investors.  The book highlights the urgent action that needs to be taken to foster sustainable, resilient and inclusive development in the face of powerful systemic forces. Suitable particularly for environmental economics, environmental studies and human geography students and scholars more broadly.

Henry, C., Rockström, J., & Stern, N. (Eds.). (2020). Standing up for a Sustainable World. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

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Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions

Bending the curve will require interdisciplinary solutions. Climate change requires integrating approaches from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, so this textbook—unlike most on climate change solutions—does just that, with chapters written by experts in climate science, social justice, economics, environmental policy, political science, energy technologies, ecology, and religion. Bending the curve also requires preservation and restoration of ecological systems. Bending the curve requires a radical shift in attitude. This shift requires change in behavior, change in our attitudes towards each other, and change in our attitude towards nature. Climate justice has to be an integral part of the solution.There are ancillary materials available for this book.

Ramanathan, V.; Aines, R.; Auffhammer, M.; Barth, M.; Cole, J.; Forman, F., et al. (2019). Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions. Location: Regents of the University of California.

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Vulnerable communities, resilience, and climate justice

This is an open access chapter of a book. From the chapter abstract: “Climate change and systemic injustice are major social and ecological drivers in SETs [social-ecological-technological systems] which contribute to systemic vulnerability and climate justice issues in addressing community resilience for sustainable development.”

Cheng, C. (2022). Vulnerable communities, resilience, and climate justice. In Y. Yang & A. Taufen (Eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Cities and Landscapes in the Pacific Rim (1st ed.). Routledge.

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Dealing with climate change on small islands: Towards effective and sustainable adaptation?

Small islands are not only at the forefront of climate change impacts, they are also at the forefront of climate change responses. The book seeks to explore adaptation to climate change in small islands across the world’s oceans, focusing attention on the resilience, strengths, and agency of small island states – which may better be referred to as “big ocean sustainable states,” or “BOSS” (UNESCO, 2017).

Klöck, C. & Fink, M. (Eds.) Dealing with climate change on small islands: Towards effective and sustainable adaptation? Göttingen University Press.

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Energy without Conscience: Oil, Climate Change, and Complicity

The author seeks to explore why climate change has yet to become a moral issue for most people as the bulk of informed consumers simply don’t care a great deal about carbon emissions and their consequences.

McDermott Hughes, D. (2017). Energy without Conscience: Oil, Climate Change, and Complicity. Duke University Press.

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Climate Lessons

Co-Authored by students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The book highlights key interests and insights of current students in their quest to create a better world. Diverse perspectives.

Bakermans, M. & Pfeifer, G. (2021). Climate lessons. Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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