Global Warming


This guide is designed to help you research information about global warming and climate change . It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes BPL)

Helpful Search Terms:

  • global warming
  • climate change
  • greenhouse effect
  • other, more specific terms within the subject might be carbon emissions, Kyoto Treaty, alternative energy, etc.

New Books

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013. Print.
Call Number: GE170 .T35 2013

Hetherington, Renée. Living in a Dangerous Climate: Climate Change and Human Evolution. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Print.
Call Number: GF71 .H484 2012

Circulating Books

Hertsgaard, Mark. Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. Print.
Call Number: QC981.8.G56H47 2011

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Brown, Lester. World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse. New York: W.W. Norton, 2011. Print.
Call Number: GE149 .B76 2011

Perthuis, Christian. Economic Choices in a Warming World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Print.
Call Number: QC981.8.G56 P475 2011

Black, Brian. Global Warming. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2010. Print.
Call Number: QC903 .B53 2010

Pielke, Jr., Roger. The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won't Tell You About Global Warming. New York: Basic Books, 2010.
Call Number: QC981.8.G56 P535 2010

Fri, Howard. The Lomborg Deception: Setting the Record Straight About Global Warming. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010. Print.
Call Number: Q175.37 .F75 2010

Houghton, J. Global warming: The Complete Briefing. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: QC981.8 G56H68 2009.

Barnosky, A.D. Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming. Washington, DC: Island Press/Shearwater Books, 2009. Print.
Call Number: GF75. B368 2009

Archer, D. The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: QC981.8 G56A723 2009.

Gore, Al. Our choice: A plan to solve the climate crisis. New York: Melcher Media, 2009. Print.
Call Number: QC981.8 G56G6725 2009.

Booker, C. The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the Obsession with 'Climate Change' Turning Out to Be the Most Costly Scientific Blunder in History? New York: Continuum, 2009. Print.
Call Number: QC981.8 G56B66 2009

Reference Books

  • McGraw-Hill dictionary of environmental science. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2003. REF GE10 .M378 2003.
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Science. By John Mongillo and Linda-Zierdt-Warshaw. Phoenix, Ariz.: Oryx Press, 2000. GE10 .M66 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Global Warming. Dutch, Steven I. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010. QC981.8 G56.D88 2010
  • Global Warming. Long, Douglas. REF QC 981.8.G56 L66 2004
  • Science in the Contemporary World. Swedin, Eric G. REF Q121.294 2005

  • Stop global warming: the solution is you! : an activist's guide. By Laurie David. Golden, Colo.: Fulcrum Pub., 2006. QC981.8.G56 D38 2006
  • The Atlas of Climate Change: Mapping the World's Greatest Challenge. By KirstinDow. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. REF QC903 .D68 2011x



Challenges of Climate Change: Which Way Now?

Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming

Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth

Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto

Stop Global Warming: the Solution is You!

Streaming Videos

Films on Demand

Human Planet: How Earth Made Us--the Untold Story of History (50 minutes)
Earth, water, wind, and fire…according to tradition, these four pieces make up the complex puzzle of our world. In the spirit of that tradition, is there a
fifth component, one so close and disturbingly powerful that we choose to overlook it? This program reverses the concept that nature shapes human destiny
and instead focuses on the impact our species has had, and will continue to have, on the Earth’s geological cycles. Perhaps surprisingly, the effects of
human activity are not completely negative, even though today our footprint is bigger than ever and has the potential to do extreme, even irrevocable harm. The
question viewers are left with is this—how will we use our influence over nature, now that we know its extent? A BBC/National Geographic-U.S.
Co-production in Association with ZDF. Part of the series How Earth Made Us: The Untold Story of History.

The Thin Blue Line(50 minutes)
It’s hard to believe that only a flimsy envelope of gas protects life on our planet. But, as this program shows, Earth isn’t the only world wrapped in a
tenuous, constantly shifting blanket…and at one time, there may have been more. A visit to Africa’s Namib Desert helps illustrate what happened to poor Mercury
when, early on, it was stripped of its atmosphere and fully exposed to the Sun’s heat. Aided by a stunning backdrop of Alaskan glaciers, the film segues to a
study of Titan, Saturn’s chief moon, which is shrouded in a thick, murky atmosphere. Earth’s probes have detected massive lakes beneath the shroud, but
their chemical make-up is not entirely understood—Titan’s atmosphere does its job well. A BBC/Science Channel Co-production. Part of the series Seven
Wonders of the Solar System.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about global warming.
  • National Geographic
  • Newsweek
  • Scientific American
  • Time


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.


GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Credo Reference

Over 450 articles on global warming; gives an excellent overview of the subject with links to other articles in the database that may provide further information on a subject, such as, “global warming and the effect on rain forests.” Make sure to check the left-hand side for “Related entries.”

Science Full Text Select

Contains access to 320 full text science journals covering all fields of science.


There are many helpful web sites about abortion. The web sites listed below have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has an informative guide.

Environmental Protection Agency’s website on Climate Change

Union of Concerned Scientists


Climate Debate Daily

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Updated by Katharine Dunn on 6/14/10; updated by Joy Singletary 3/15/14