Essential Books

The following titles are core reading for a good background understanding of peak oil and climate change and their interlinked impacts.

We have also included a number of related titles that will provide the reader with a good understanding of related discussions in biology, ecology and design. The Titles below have been linked to the author's website/blo, the publishers website, or, where one of these is not possible, to a Wikipedia listing for the author.


Climate Change

  1. Climate Wars, by Gwynne Dyer

  2. Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning, by George Monbiot

  3. Hot Air: Meeting Canada's Climate Change Challenge,  by Jeffrey Simpson , Mark Jaccard and Nic Rivers

  4. The End of Nature,  by Bill McKibben

  5. The Revenge of Gaiaby James Lovelock

  6. The Vanishing Face of Gaia - A Final Warning, by James Lovelock

  7. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet,  by Mark Lynas 


Peak Oil

  1. Beyond Oil - The View From Hubbert's Peak, by Kenneth S. Deffeyes

  2. Climate Wars, by Gwynne Dyer

  3. Carbon Shift, edited by Thomas Homer-Dixon

  4. Peak Everything, by Richard Heinberg

  5. The End of Oil - On the Edge of a Perilous New World, by Paul Roberts

  6. The Transition Handbook - From oil dependency to local resilience, by Rob Hopkins

  7. The Upside of Down, by Thomas Homer-Dixon

  8. Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, Jeff Rubin



  1. Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth;  by James Lovelock

  2. The Future of Life;  by Edward O. Wilson

  3. The New Green History of the World;  by Clive Ponting


Sustainable / Green Design

  1. Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century; Edited by Alex Steffen

  2. Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature; by Janine M. Benyus

  3. Cradle to Cradle; by William McDonough

  4. The Solar Economy - Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future, by Herman Scheer


Resilience and Resilient City Planning

  1. Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change: A 21st Century Survival Guide; by Sue Roaf, David Crichton, and Fergus Nicol 

  2. Resilience thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World, by Brian Walker and David Salt

  3. Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change, by Peter Newman, Timothy Beatley, and Heather Boyer

  4. The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster, by Lawrence J. Vale and Thomas J. Campanella

  5. Climate Resilient Cities: A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Disasters, by Neeraj Prasad, Federica Ranghieri, and Fatima Shah


Urban Design and Planning

  1. On Streets, edited by Stanford Anderson

  2. The Economy of Cities, by Jane Jacobs

  3. Welcome To The Urban Revolution - How Cities Are Changing The World, by Jeb Brugmann

  4. Arrival City - The Final Migration and Our Next World, by Doug Saunders

  5. Triumph of the City, by Edward Glaeser

  6. Where Good Ideas Come From - The Natural History of In, by Steven Johnson