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Best Climate Nonfiction

Forthcoming Climate Nonfiction

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Do you want to find great climate nonfiction books before they’re published so that you can preorder them and read them as soon as they’re available? You’ve come to the right place!

This page lists works of climate nonfiction that are scheduled to be released in 2024.

If you’re looking for forthcoming fiction or poetry, check out our Forthcoming Climate Fiction and Forthcoming Climate Poetry reading lists.

If you’ve heard of a forthcoming climate nonfiction book but don’t see it here, you may also want to check out our Best Climate Nonfiction of 2023 reading list in case it’s already been published.

Do you know of any good forthcoming climate nonfiction titles that aren’t listed anywhere on this site yet? Please let us know. If they meet our book inclusion criteria, we’ll be happy to add them.

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Forthcoming Climate Nonfiction for 2024

Lessons for Survival

Lessons for Survival: Mothering Against “The Apocalypse” by Emily Raboteau
March 12, 2024

Award-winning author and critic Emily Raboteau crafts a powerfully moving meditation on race, climate, environmental justice–and what it takes to find shelter.

Lessons for Survival is a probing series of pilgrimages from the perspective of a mother struggling to raise her children to thrive without coming undone in an era of turbulent intersecting crises.

With camera in hand, Raboteau goes in search of birds, fluttering in the air or painted on buildings, and city parks where her children may safely play while avoiding pollution, pandemics, and the police. She ventures abroad to learn from Indigenous peoples, and in her own family and community, she discovers the most intimate examples of resilience. Raboteau bears witness to the inner life of Black womanhood, motherhood, the brutalities and possibilities of cities, while celebrating the beauty and fragility of nature. This innovative work of reportage and autobiography stitches together multiple stories of protection, offering a profound sense of hope.

On The Move

On the Move: The Overheating Earth and the Uprooting of America to Cherish: A Letter to a Child by Abrahm Lustgarten
March 26, 2024

On the Move explains how we got here and where we’re headed. It’s crucial guide to the world we are creating.” –Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Under a White Sky and The Sixth Extinction

A vivid, journalistic account of how climate change will make American life as we know it unfeasible.

Humanity is on the precipice of a great climate migration, and Americans will not be spared. Tens of millions of people are likely to be driven from the places they call home. Poorer communities will be left behind, while growth will surge in the cities and regions most attractive to climate refugees. America will be changed utterly.

Abrahm Lustgarten’s On the Move is the definitive account of what this massive population shift might look like. As he shows, the United States will be rendered unrecognizable by four unstoppable forces: wildfires in the West; frequent flooding in coastal regions; extreme heat and humidity in the South; and droughts that will make farming all but impossible across much of the nation.

Reporting from the front lines of climate migration, Lustgarten explains how a pattern of shortsighted policies encouraged millions to settle in vulnerable parts of the country, and introduces us to homeowners in California, insurance customers in Florida, and ranchers in Colorado who are being forced to make the agonizing choice of when, not whether, to leave. Employing the most current climate data and predictive models, he shows how America’s population will be squeezed northward into a shrinking triangle of land stretching from Tennessee to Maine to the Great Lakes. The places many of us now call home are at risk, and On the Move reveals how we’ll deal with the consequences.


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