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Climate change books and climate change literature explore ways to reduce the harm caused by humanity's impact on the planet.

Show readers a detailed and textured account of a climate-changed future, and they have an easier time imagining it.
- Kim Stanley Robinson

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What is Climate Change Literature?
The climate change books category refers to both fiction and nonfiction books that tackle topics like global warming, pollution, migration, and other environmental problems our planet is facing due to climate change.
“[Climate change literature] brings the abstract data closer to home by focusing on the faces and stories in these futures,” says author Kim Stanley Robinson in a BBC article,
“Show readers a detailed and textured account of a climate-changed future, and they have an easier time imagining it.”
What are the Top Nonfiction Climate Change Books on Fable?
The nonfiction category of climate change books discusses the effects of global warming and the ways to reduce the harm caused by humanity's impact on the planet. 
Most are written by environmentalists, scientists, researchers, activists, and other experts raising awareness on this crucial subject. 
On Fire  by Naomi Klein  digital book - Fable

On Fire

By Naomi Klein

A far-ranging exploration that sees the battle for a greener world as indistinguishable from the fight for our lives, On Fire captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as a rising political movement demanding a catalytic Green New Deal.

Waste  by Catherine Coleman Flowers digital book - Fable


By Catherine Coleman Flowers

This powerful book shows how sanitation is becoming too big a problem to ignore as climate change brings sewage to more backyards, and not only those of poor minorities.

The Great Derangement  by Amitav Ghosh digital book - Fable

The Great Derangement

By Amitav Ghosh

The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence—a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all cultural forms. His book serves as a great writer’s summons to confront the most urgent task of our time.

Losing Earth  by Nathaniel Rich digital book - Fable

Losing Earth

By Nathaniel Rich

Losing Earth reveals, in previously unreported detail, the birth of climate denialism and the genesis of the fossil fuel industry’s coordinated effort to thwart climate policy through misinformation propaganda and political influence.

Being the Change by Peter Kalmus digital book - Fable

Being the Change

By Peter Kalmus

Being the Change explores the connections between our individual daily actions and our collective predicament. It merges science, spirituality, and practical action to develop a satisfying and appropriate response to global warming.

Youth to Power  by Jamie Margolin digital book - Fable

Youth to Power

By Jamie Margolin

Climate change activist and Zero Hour cofounder Jamie Margolin offers the essential guide to changemaking for young people.

What are the Top Fiction Books about Climate Change on Fable?
The fiction category of climate change literature covers dystopian novels, science fiction books, and other fictional works. These can all fall under the newer genre of cli-fi (or climate fiction).
Climate change fiction involves environmental themes and realistic depictions of the future possibilities in a world facing the consequences of climate change.
Annihilation  by Jeff VanderMeer digital book - Fable


By Jeff VanderMeer

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization, and the government is involved in sending secret missions to explore Area X.

Barkskins  by Annie Prolux  digital book - Fable


By Annie Prolux

Annie Proulx tells the story of a family over three hundred years—their travels spanning the globe. Over and over, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright  digital book - Fable

The Swan Book

By Alexis Wright

A hypnotic novel about an Aboriginal girl living in a future world turned upside down—where ancient myths exist side-by-side with present-day realities.

American War  by Omer El Akkad  digital book - Fable

American War

By Omer El Akkad

An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle—a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi  digital book - Fable

War Girls

By Tochi Onyebuchi

The year is 2172. In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate.

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson digital book - Fable

The Ministry for the Future

By Kim Stanley RobinsonFable Club Pick

Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel of the near-future shows us how the challenges are encroaching upon us today, and force us to face up to, and answer such trials, before it is too late, and we are completely destroyed.

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