Global Issues: an introduction. 5e.

Rating: Kristen A Hite and John L Seitz. 2016. Global Issues: an introduction. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 9781 11896885 7. In an increasingly busy marketplace, it says something that a book makes it into its fifth edition in a 20-year timespan. Clearly, the popularity of the issues has not declined, judging by my reference point, the third edition I reviewed a few years ago! By this edition, climate change has made an entry and the environment section is divided into two […]

Climate Feedback

Climate feedback – is a website dedicated to addressing the issues created by reporting climate change issues. From their website: Climate Feedback organizes scientists from around the world to comment on the accuracy of a variety of climate change media articles using the emerging technology of web annotation. Scientists’ comments, or ‘annotations’ are layered directly onto the original texts allowing readers to easily identify where and why the coverage is consistent (or inconsistent) with state-of-the-art thinking and knowledge in climate […]

Global Ocean Commission

Global Ocean Commission – the commission is a body set up by a the Pew Trust, Somerville College and other leading research organisations. It’s chief aim is to research issues affecting oceans and publish results. It’s work appears closely aligned to the timetable of the UN in producing reports about the high seas. Issues include climate change and overfishing.

Climate: A Very Short Introduction

Rating: Mark Maslin. 2013. Climate – A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978 0 19 964113 0. This is one of a very large series of brief guides to specific topics covering most areas of learning. As such, they have considerable potential to engage students who might need a shorter overview of a topic than the conventional textbook.  Here, Maslin (who has also written a short introduction to global warming) outlines the key aspects of climate needed to […]


Scalgo Interactive is an interesting site showing the power of interactive mapping. It puts a layer on maps showing impact of sea level change on waterways.

Successful Adaptation to Climate Change

Rating: Suzanne C Moser and Maxwell T Boykoff. (eds). 2103. Successful Adaptation to Climate Change. Routledge. ISBN 978 0 415 52500 8 It is fascinating to see how perspectives on climate change have altered over the course of decades. We have gone from the novel idea; it has gained widespread acceptance. We went from acceptance to a wider debate over the science and how it can be interpreted which looks, from the outside at least, two mutually opposed views struggling […]

Human Impact on the Natural Environment

Rating: Andrew Goudie. 2013. The Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, present and future.7e. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 1185 7658 8 It has frequently been noted that to stay in print and updated for over 3 decades is somewhat of a feat; to remain a key text, considerably more so. And yet, Goudie has produced other, related, texts for the same publisher (Nature of the Environment, Changing Earth) and yet they haven’t caught the imagination in the same way. […]


CLEAN, standing for ‘Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network’ is a US site funded by the NOAA and National Science Foundation. It aims to present students with resources to be able to debate climate change and energy uses. There is quite a collection of resources on the site including lesson plans and a network to gather ideas and exchange views.

Ecology of Freshwaters 4e.

Rating: Brian Moss. 2010. Ecology of Freshwaters – a view for the 21st century. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 4051 1332 8. Brian Moss seems synonymous with freshwater ecology as this citation notes. Having used the first edition of this book way back in 1980 when it was first published it is pleasing to be able to report on the latest incarnation. However, it’s more than just meeting a new version; freshwaters are becoming a key part of the environmental debate […]

Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History

Rating: Kristen St John, R Mark Leckie, Kate Pound, Megan Jones and Lawrence Krissek. 2012. Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 1182 3294 1 Over the years there have been hundreds (probably thousands!) of books published on just about every topic in the climate change canon. Rarely, there’s a book that looks at something from a completely new angle. One of the issues that has surrounded climate change from the beginning is that it often assumes that the […]