Fall 2016

To kick off my journey in environmental journalism, I will be reading as much as possible to deepen my knowledge of the environmental topics I'd like to cover in the future. Below is my curated list of readings (plus a miniseries documentary) covering climate change, energy, and sustainable development. I also included a final category of compelling/foundational environmental readings to emulate and learn from their craft. As I progress through this list, I will post book reviews on my Medium as a way to digest the content and provide a reference for interested readers. Reviews will also be linked in-line below.


Climate Change

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, 2014, 577 pages

The Discovery of Global Warming: Revised and Expanded Edition by Spencer R. Weart, 2008, 230 pages

What’s Really Happening to Our Planet? The Facts Simply Explained by Tony Juniper, 2016, 224 pages

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen, 2009, 336 pages

The End of Nature by Bill McKibben, 2014, 226 pages



The Power Surge: Energy Oppression, and the Battle for America’s Future by Michael Levi, 2013, 272 pages

Synopsis: Sustainable Energy — Without The Hot Air by David MacKay, 2009, 10 pages

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power by Daniel Yergin, 1991, TV series

Energy for Future Presidents: The Science behind the Headlines by Richard Muller, 2013, 368 pages


Sustainable Development

The Age of Sustainable Development by Jeffrey D. Sachs, 2015, 566 pages

Draft Framework for Sustainable Development, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, 2012, 22 pages


Other Compelling Environmental Work

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, 2014, 336 pages

The Really Big One,” Kathryn Schulz in The New Yorker, 2015, 12 pages

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, 1962, 412 pages

While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change, by M. Jackson, 2015, 236 pages