Climate Change


Climate change refers to significant, long-term changes in the global climate. The global climate is the connected system of sun, earth and oceans, wind, rain and snow, forests, deserts and savannas, and everything people do, too. Changes in the global climate and resultant changes to land areas, oceans and coastal regions impact us and all other living creatures on this planet.

This guide consists of a general list of Internet resources, books and Ebooks about climate change. They are available online and at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.  Readers with an interest in this subject are recommended to search the NLB catalogue or online for more information.

Search Terms Call Numbers
Climatic changes law and legislation 344.05
Climatic changes risks 363.347
Water resources development International cooperation 363.61
Climate change 551.6


(listed in alphabetical order)

  • Botzen, W. J. W. (2015). Managing extreme climate change risks through insurance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    Call no.: R 363.347 BOT
    The author examines the potential impacts of climate change on the insurance sector and insurers’ responses to climate change. He presents evidences of the Netherlands and other countries in the world in managing  climate change risks.



  • Ghosh, A. (2016). The great derangement: Climate change and the unthinkable. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press.
    Call no.: R 809.9336 GHO
    Ghosh looks at literature, history and politics and examines climate change failures and  argues that the solution lies in collective action as well as scientific and governmental involvement.


  • Letcher, T. M. (Ed.). (2016). Climate change: Observed impacts on planet earth (2nd ed.). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Ltd.
    Call no.: R 551.6 CLI
    This volume contains 33 chapters on modelling climate change, geological history and scientific aspects of climate change and global warming, which are written by experts in the field. It provides major references and details for further research and understanding on all issues related to climate change, giving a clear indication of a looming crisis in global warming.


  • Lyster, R. (2015). Climate justice and disaster law. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
    Call no.: R 344.0534 LYS
    Lyster analyses the complexities of climate science and their interfaces with the law and policy-making processes and provides an in-depth analysis of multilateral climate change negotiations.




(listed in alphabetical order)

  • Boyd, E., & Tompkins, E. L. (2012). Climate change: A beginner’s guide. London: Oneworld Publications. Available from NLB Overdrive.
    The authors highlight and address the wide-ranging consequences of changing climate and recommend ways to avoid them.


  • Burch, S., & Harris, S. (2014). Understanding climate change: Science, policy, and practice. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press. Available from NLB Overdrive.
    The authors explain the basics of the climate system, climate models and prediction, human and biophysical impacts, as well as strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing adaptability and enabling climate change governance. They examine the connections between climate change and other pressing issues, such as human health, poverty, and other environmental problems, and they explore the ways that sustainable responses to climate change can simultaneously address those issues.



  • Cherian, A. (2015). Energy and global climate change: Bridging the sustainable development divide (1). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell. Available from Proquest Ebook Central.
    This book presents evidence about an often neglected aspect of the energy-climate change-development nexus faced by millions of poor, problems caused by the use of inefficient and polluting energy sources and the lack of access to sustainable energy services.




  • Elliot, D. (2015). Solar world: Climate change and the green energy revolution. Cambridge: UIT Cambridge Limited. Available from NLB Overdrive.
    Elliott establishes the basic sustainable energy options and their potential problems in the short, medium and long term, dealing with the counter-arguments. This means looking at changes in the way we live and behave.


  • Healey, J. (2014). Issues in Society : Climate Change Crisis. Thirroul, NSW: The Spinney Press. Available from Proquest Ebook Central.
    Healey presents findings and projections, and examines what Australia and the rest of the world are doing to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.


  • Heinberg, R. (2015). Afterburn: Society beyond fossil fuels. Canada: New Society Publishers. Available from NLB Overdrive.
    This book consists of essays exploring various aspects of the twenty-first century migration away from fossil fuels. Heinberg examines how societies will be forced to reduce energy use due to increase in the cost of fossil fuels and because of civilisation’s disrupting effects on global warming and climate change.


  • Linnekin, B. J. (2017). Biting the hands that feed us: How fewer, smarter laws would make our food system more sustainable. Washington, D. C.: Island Press. Available from NLB Overdrive.
    Linnekin introduces readers to the perverse consequences of many food rules such as rules that prevent sharing food with the homeless and others in need, and rules that prohibit people from growing fruits and vegetables in their own yards. He explores what makes for a good food law and urges readers to be wary of regulations to create a greener food system.


  • Lewis, J. I. (2012). Green innovation in China: China’s wind power industry and the global transition to a low-carbon economy. New York: Columbia University Press. Available from DeGruyter publishing ebook collection.
    Demonstrates China’s exploration in transforming itself into a clean energy powerhouse. The author provides fascinating insights into China’s broader clean tech innovation strategy and explains the research and development of the competitive world of wind power.


  • Lipsig-Mumme, C., & McBride, S. (2016). Work in a warming world. Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen’s University Press. Available from NLB Overdrive.
    Presents ways of creating an effective response to global warming and key building blocks toward a national climate strategy.


  • Lockwood, A. H. (2016). Heat advisory: Protecting health on a warming planet. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Available from NLB Overdrive.
    Lockwood describes the impact of global warming on human health. Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, he meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects.


  • Pilkey, O. H., Pilkey-Jarvis, L., & Pilkey, K. C. (2016). Retreat from a rising sea: Hard choices in an age of climate change. New York: Columbia University Press. Available from NLB Overdrive.
    The book offers deep analysis and case histories which highlight the vulnerabilities of many cities and communities in the United States and around the world pertaining to climate change. It offers visions and solutions of how coastal cities and communities have dealt with climate changes in the past and how they will need to cope with arising coastal risks in the future.


  • Surampalli, R. Y., Zhang, T. C. & Ojha, C.S.P. (Eds.). (2014). Climate change modeling, mitigation and adaptation. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers. Available from Proquest Ebook Central.
    The authors present current thinking on the environmental mechanisms that contribute to global climate change and explore scientifically grounded steps to reduce the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.


  • The Worldwatch Institute. (2016). State of the World: Can a city be sustainable? Washington, D. C.: Island Press. Available from NLB Overdrive.
    The book examines cross-cutting issues that affect the success of all cities. Topics range from the nitty-gritty of waste handling and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating a dysfunctional government system.


  • Yergin, D. (2011). The quest: Energy, security, and the remaking of the modern world. New York: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group. Available from NLB Overdrive.
    The book covers the world history of energy and its effects on policy. It discusses topics on oil, electricity, the computer age, climate change, the new carbon economy, renewable energy and the impact of the globalisation of innovation on future energy supplies.



(listed in alphabetical order)

  • Hong Kong’s climate action plan 2030+. (2017). Retrieved August 4, 2017, from the Hong Kong’s Climateready website:
    The report sets out Hong Kong’s new carbon emissions reduction target for 2030. It responds to the Paris Agreement, multilateral treaty that came into force in November 2016, which covers an extensive range of initiatives from the work of Government as well participation and contribution of business and the community. The plan seeks to make Hong Kong a better and smarter place to live and work and create new economic and social opportunities for Hong Kong.


  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (2012). Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation: A special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Retrieved April 19, 2017, from the IPCC website:
    This special report explores the challenge of understanding and managing the risks of climate extremes to advance climate change adaptation.



  • UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017. (2017, January 18). Retrieved May 18, 2017, from the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs website:
    This report outlines the UK and Devolved Governments’ views on the key climate change risks and opportunities that the UK faces. It endorses the six priority risk areas identified in the independent evidence report by the Adaptation Sub-Committee: Flooding and coastal change, health and well-being from high temperatures due to water shortages, natural capital, food production and trade, and pests and diseases.


  • Wu, F. (2017, March 28). From Paris to Beijing: China, next champion on climate change? RSIS Commentary, 56. Retrieved May 18, 2017, from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU website:
    The article explains how despite ups and downs in climate diplomacy, China has been consistent in reforming energy related sectors and implementing climate-related policies at home in the past two decades. China also shows no hesitation in moving along with the Paris Agreement regardless of US participation.


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Hameedah M Ibrahim


The information in this resource guide is valid as of August 2017 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history on the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

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Written by Hameedah M Ibrahim