The purpose of the reading group will be to familiarize and keep up to date with the natural science literature that assesses the state of climate change and the discussions about the implications for the Earth system and society, particularly the works that are written for the broader public. This will give us an opportunity to learn collectively about climate science, potentially listen to experts more familiar with the literature (by inviting experts from the university to some of the meetings), and make connections with our work in social sciences, humanities, or activism. The group will aim to have 2 or 3 meetings during a year.

Please contact Vladimir Diaz Cuellar if you’re interested in participating in the reading group or if you’d like more information. His email address is:

Meeting Schedule:

July 22, 2PM: Spencer R. Weart (2003, 2008) The Discovery of Global Warming: Revised and Expanded Edition

Date TBA: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis

The book list will be chosen collectively. Some potential titles include:

  • Michael E. Mann (2021) The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet
  • Hansen, James (2022) Sophie’s Planet: A Search for truth about our remarkable home planet and its future.
  • Simon L Lewis and Mark A Maslin (2018) The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene 
  • Vaclav Smil (2017) Energy and Civilization: A History
  • Hansen, James E. (2009). Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity.
  • Spencer R. Weart (2003, 2008) The Discovery of Global Warming: Revised and Expanded Edition
  • Stephen H. Schneider (1997), Laboratory Earth: the Planetary Gamble We Can’t Afford to Lose