Allegheny Front ~ How to Share our Concerns About the Climate Crisis

by Duane Nichols on December 23, 2023

A book for everyone on your list, and for you!

A Climate Change Book for Everyone on Your Holiday List

Programming from the Allegheny Front, Non-Profit Project, December 15, 2023

For this year’s Yale Climate Connection holiday book list, a mix of brand new and recent titles, five of which have now appeared on several “best books of 2023” lists.

The list begins with two overviews of Earth’s 4-billion-year climatic history: Michael Mann’s “Our Fragile Moment” and Stephen Porder’s “Elemental.” The focus then narrows to topical titles on biodiversity, infrastructure, and urban sustainability before turning to climate solutions in general and dietary solutions in particular.

The last five titles offer more literary takes on our complicated relationship with the changing climate; four of these five titles are receiving new rounds of critical acclaim.

>>> NPR included Amy Brady’s “Ice” and Elizabeth Rush’s “The Quickening” in its list of best books of 2023.

>>> “Fire Weather,” by John Vaillant was included on The New York Times and Time best-of-2023 lists.

>>> “Birnam Wood” by Eleanor Catton appears in the best-of-year lists from The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Slate, and Time, among others.

>>> Debbi Urbanski’s “After World,” a Dec. 5 release that combines artificial intelligence with cli-fi: the perfect gift for your dystopian-loving college student.

Read more about the 12 recommended climate books at



The U.S. Forest Service is introducing insects to prey on a deadly pest threatening hemlocks in the Allegheny National Forest. For the first time, health was a focus at the UN climate conference, and advocates were pleased. We’ll also learn how climate-related weather, like flash floods and extreme heat, impacts people experiencing homelessness. Plus, people who live near a proposed campground at a state park want to stop the plan. They worry about noise, lights and air pollution from campfires.

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