As the tell-tale signs of climate change are felt at the local level, such as the decline of the mountain pika, it’s extremely helpful to have a book such as How The West Was Warmed: Responding to Climate Change in the Rockies. Editor Beth Conover has assembled more than forty journalists, scientists, business leaders, and policy makers to tackle questions of drought, melting glaciers, pine beetle infestations, and all the other widespread changes ahead. Joining Beth Conover (the original architect of the Greenprint Denver program) are authors such as Stephen Trimble, Auden Schendler, Laura Pritchett, Brad Udall, Diane Carmen, Lisa Jones, Kirk Johnson, and Michelle Nijhuis (who writes on What’s Killing the Aspen).
There are several comprehensive climate change studies available, but few have such a regional focus. There are, however, several excellent books devoted to specific aspects of the complex predicament facing us all:
A World Without Ice by Henry Pollack, Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming by Anthony Barnosky, Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future by Jeff Goodell, On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear by Richard Ellis
Over ninety percent of the RMLL’s Waterton Canyon Kids Library is devoted to the wonders of nature, unchanged over time. Laying this groundwork of caring and concern, we also address today’s grittier realities. The power of books & learning has never been more needed!
The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David & Cambria Gordon, A Pika’s Tail: A Children’s Story about Mountain Wildlife by Sally Plumb & Lawrence Ormsby, How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate by Lynne Cherry & Gary Braasch