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Keeping up with the Climate Crisis

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, enacting some of the most aggressive federal climate policies to date. This bill will hopefully chart a new course for curbing emissions, but we still have a lot of work to do.

It can be challenging to keep up with the latest climate science, news, legislation, and movements. We put together a short list of articles, books, and videos that help us understand where we are today—and provide some guidance on moving forward.

Last updated August 26, 2022

Watch: Effects of climate change in NYC and beyond

Watch: Documentaries

Youth v Gov (2020) — Follow the journey of 21 young plaintiffs suing the US government for its actions in creating the climate crisis. Streaming on Netflix

A Life on Our Planet (2020) — David Attenborough recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth, to grieve the loss of wild places and offer a vision for the future. Streaming on Netflix

Kiss the Ground (2020) — Science experts and celebrity activists unpack the ways in which the earth’s soil may be the key to combating climate change and preserving the planet. Streaming on Netflix

Read: Entry-level guides to climate science

The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence, and Proof (NYTimes)

Climate Science, Risk, and Solutions (MIT)

Bad Future, Better Future (written and illustrated for kids; NYTimes)

Read: Climate change and mental health

The Era of Climate Change has Created a New Emotion (The Atlantic, July 22, 2022)

Climate Anxiety Makes Good Sense (The New Yorker, May 21, 2021)

A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet by Sarah Jaquette Ray

Solastalgia: A Guide to Grief in the Anthropocene by Sophy Tuttle (for processing climate grief through art)

Read: Solutions and strategies

The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis edited **by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson

Under the Sky We Make: How to Be Human in a Warming World by Kimberly Nicholas, PhD

Follow: Climate movements and journalism

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