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Climate science further reading

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Resource type: Further reading

Here are further sources of information on the science of climate change to help you plan and think through issues and questions that may arise when talking to people in churches and communities about climate change.

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Climate science briefing for Christians

Christian faith gives a firm motivation for scientific exploration and science is crucial to an informed faith. Operation Noah has written a paper exploring the basic science of human-induced climate change, with reflections from a Christian perspective.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Reports (2014)

Three reports were released in 2014 outlining: 1) The physical science basis; 2) Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and 3) Mitigation. An additional Synthesis Report distils and integrates the findings of this most comprehensive peer-reviewed assessment of climate change yet undertaken, which was produced by hundreds of scientists. The reports plus summaries for policy-makers can be found at:

Response to IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability

A discussion from a Christian perspective of the key points.

Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future

This report includes the most up-to-date knowledge on how the UK can rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero, meet our energy demand with 100% renewable UK energy sources and manage land to provide healthy low-carbon diets.

350 org: The science  A short summary of climate science.

Climate change: A guide for the perplexed, New Scientist  Common climate myths and misconceptions are explored here.

The Ultimate Climate Change FAQ The Guardian’s guide to climate change science and policy.

The Basics of Climate Change  An overview by the Royal Society.

Climate Change: Evidence & Causes, Royal Society (2014)

A comprehensive review of climate science by a UK–US team of leading scientists, plus useful questions and answers.

Global Warming, Climate Change and Sustainability: Challenge to Scientists, Policy Makers and Christian, JRI

This paper from the John Ray Initiative giving a summary of scientific evidence and thinking on climate change, the impacts and actions necessary, and how Christians can respond to the challenge.

Books on climate change, climate science and potential responses

The Ethics of Climatic Scepticism Martin J Hodson, Grove Ethics, 2015. A book exploring the motivations behind climate scepticism, how to engage with it and the role of Christian individuals and communities in the debate about climate change.

Merchants of Doubt: How a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming
Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, Bloomsbury, 2010
The story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades.

Six Degrees: Our future on a hotter planet
Mark Lynas, Harper Perennial, 2008
An eye-opening account of the future of our earth, and our civilisation, if current rates of global warming persist.

Storms of My Grandchildren: The truth about the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity
James Hansen, Bloomsbury Paperbacks, 2011
Dr James Hansen, the USA’s leading scientist on climate issues, speaks out about global warming.

The Burning Question: We can’t burn half the world’s oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?
Mike Berners-Lee, Profile Books, 2013
Tackling global warming means persuading the world to abandon oil, coal and gas reserves – at least until we have the means to put carbon back in the ground. The burning question is whether that can be done. What mix of politics, psychology, economics and technology might be required?

The God Species: How the planet can survive the age of humans
Mark Lynas, Fourth Estate, 2011
Mark Lynas argues that We humans are the God Species, both the creators and destroyers of life, and us how we must use our technological mastery over nature to save the planet from ourselves.

The Rough Guide to Climate Change
Robert Henson, Rough Guides, 2011
The updated 3rd edition covers both scientific research and political debate, sets out the facts and assesses the options (global and personal) for dealing with the threat of a warming world.

The Weather Makers: Our changing climate and what it means for life on earth
Tim Flannery, Penguin, 2007
Tells the dramatic story of the earth’s climate and how it has changed.

Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the future
Centre for Alternative Technology, 2013
Draws on 40 years of experience to create technically viable future scenarios. Available to download or buy online at http://www.zcb2030.org/current-report.

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