In the rapidly-emerging field of existential risks, researchers study the mitigation of threats that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse. We met with four researchers from The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge, to discuss their recommendations of the best books to get a grasp of this dense subject.
Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, nature and climate change
by Elizabeth Kolbert
When The Rivers Run Dry: Journeys into the heart of the world's water crisis
by Fred Pearce
Last Chance to See
by Douglas Adams & Mark Carwardine
The End of Nature
by Bill McKibben
Our Dying Planet: An ecologist's view of the crisis we face
by Peter Sale
In 2015 Gaia Vince became the first woman to win the Royal Society’s science book of the year prize for her book, Adventures in the Anthropocene. She spent two years on the road investigating how communities across the world are coping with climate change. Here, she shares the five best books on climate change and the Anthropocene – the geological epoch of man.