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Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  102 reviews
What are the causes and consequences of climate change? When the scale is so big, can an individual make any difference? Documentary, diary, and masterwork graphic novel, this up-to-date look at our planet and how we live on it explains what global warming is all about. With the most complicated concepts made clear in a feat of investigative journalism by artist Philippe S ...more
Hardcover, 467 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Harry N. Abrams
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Crissa Cummings
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific graphic novel. It is also the first book on climate change I've been able to finish. And while it feels odd to say I found a subject so depressing exciting to read about- I did. Not only does this book explain the science in a way that I understand, but the author interjects his personal conflict with learning about climate change while continuing to use his car, fly, use electricity, etc. in a way that felt like it articulated a lot of my own thoughts and feelings. The art is ...more
Dov Zeller
This is one of those books in which the person writing the book is writing about writing the book. Squarzoni's process stands center-stage--his process of writing and also his orientation shift once he begins to really understand the mechanism of climate change. Once this happens he wants to put what he learns into action and tries lowering of his carbon footprint. So, for example, he chooses not to partake in airplane travel as it uses up a lot of fuel.

One might think, how is one person's deci
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't adequately sum up how much this book has effected me. It is such a thorough and eye-opening account of the complexity and magnitude of the climate change problem. It reads like a documentary film and it has terrified me into changing a lot of things about my life. I feel like everyone should have to read this book.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I refuse to call the genre "graphic novel" because most of the graphic books I read are nonfiction.

It was the title, the past tense, of the book that drew my attention to it in the display. I checked it out, and only then saw that it was in graphic format. So I read it asking what the graphic structure provided that wouldn't have been there otherwise. Early on I noted a lot of talking-head frames. My first reaction was negative, but then I noticed that the faces were distinguishable. In fact the
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is super educational and made me think of my current choices in life and how I want to change them. I think this might be a good book to make required reading in school, it might change people and in consequence how we treat the world/climate.

I so wanna change the way everyone lives after reading this book! It was super eye opening for me and I'd definitely recommend anyone to read it. It being a graphic novel only added to this book, as it didn't get boring when specialists had the "m
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book made me scared and apathetic pretty much all at once. Global warming is happening and we're pretty much screwed right now, unless we make very large and deep changes to the way we manufacture and consume, but there's no way that's going to happen with our current economic and political set-up so I guess all I can do is apologize to my children and grandchildren for the shitty world my generation is leaving them with.
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Per FTC rules, I received this book as a GoodReads First Reads giveaway.

Brilliant! This book could really use 6 stars. I had decided, somewhat prematurely I suppose, that graphic novels were not my bag. However, this one has changed my mind completely. Well researched, impeccably drawn, brilliantly written. M. Squarzoni has created a multi-layered tale of his conception of the book and a devastating look at the problems associated with climate change and how to deal with it. This book should be
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. This non-fiction graphic novel explores the author's personal journey as he learns about the science behind global warming. Even if you don't find his personal story or artistic flourishes compelling, this book is worth a read for the remarkably informative and moving exploration of the basic science and its implications for our present and future. This is essential material presented in a textually engaging and visually stimulating format. Basically, if you live on Plan ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a hard and satisfying read. It really looks at the problem from many angles. I learned a lot, and feel like it widened my world view.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well that was informative and depressing. A great break down of climate change issues, though not a lot of solutions offered. Eye opening.
When it comes to comics and graphic novels, I tend to be drawn to those on the nonfiction shelf. I find the format tends to make darker or complex topics more accessible and personalized than a long nonfiction tome. So I was intrigued by Squarzoni’s comic, which is subtitled “a personal journey through the science”, when I was browsing the library’s comics section.

This book grew out of Squarzoni’s efforts to present the French president’s political platform in a graphic format and the realizatio
Alex Telander
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Except for those who choose not to face reality (and perhaps are ignoring some other realisms staring them in the face), climate change is taking place right now, and as each season and year passes, more signs seem to be made of its build-up to the inevitable that is quickly approaching in our near future. In Climate Changed, French author and artist Philippe Squarzoni seeks to educate not just the reader on the happenings of climate change, but also himself.

Climate Changed is partly a graphic n
Dave Sippel
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a extremely thoroughly researched and carefully written book laying out the science of climate change. That is its strength and weakness at the same time. "Climate Changed" follows French author and graphic novelist Philippe Squarzoni as he researches the world's changing climate. He wants to know more about the subject but admits that he really doesn't know anything about it.

Squarzoni researches the actions of French politicians and found them lacking in regards to fighting climate cha
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this copy as a giveaway. I work in a high school library and am always looking for books for our students. I think the premise of this book is very interesting - a graphic novel following the author's personal investigation into climate change. I think it will grab the attention of young readers for a topic that they would otherwise consider to be dry and boring.
Things I liked: the art work - wonderful, includes an extensive index, the depiction of the author's personal reactions and
Stewart Tame
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fairly thorough examination of then-current (the book was originally published in France in 2012) state of knowledge regarding climate change, as well as a look at what our options might be as far as a response goes. Squarzoni is an impressive artist, creating a fascinating and even cinematic book out of material that would be deadly dull in lesser hands. There's an interesting bit of foreshadowing in the section of the book dealing with nuclear power. Squarzoni mentions Three Mile Island and ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is so well done - it's a graphic memoir about the science behind climate change. It left me somewhat terrified about the future, and it's made me really think hard about what I can do. I really wish more people could wake up to the reality we're going to be facing in the all too near future. I'm going to start pushing this book on everyone - it's highly readable and easy to understand, and it paints a very clear picture about what is happening to the world.
I think it helps that I rea
Joel Bass
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some beautiful and creative art, but not quite enough for a 467-page book. So a lot of the rest of the book is filled with "talking heads," bits of interviews with Eurpoean climate scientists and journalists. making the book feel like a documentary at times.

That said, it was beautifully written, both from the author's point of view and as a synthesis of the up-to-date thinking on climate change and what we might be able to do to mitigate the situation. I've followed this topic since the 1980s, a
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent addition to the climate change literature. French writer/artist Squarzoni shares his intimate effort to gain understanding of climate issues after he realizes that he is talking about something he does not understand. He masters the basics of the science, but it puts him into moral meditations and anguished thoughts. In the end, a haunting blend of science and humanity, tinged with a note of hopelessness, that touches the soul.
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was dense but in the best way possible. It provided am indepth exploration of climate change and what is being done both globally and on a personal level. The book was well researched and consulted numerous experts in the field. Additionally the author took a personal look at how climate change affects his life. All in all great read.
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
This is an interesting graphic novel. It's part memoir, in that it follows the author's life and thought processes while learning about the reality of climate change. It's also part infographic.. sort of. This book is a mass of facts about climate change, and does a great job breaking down a lot of the science into easy to understand bits.

It's also hella long. And depressing as F.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok

This was a 470 page graphic novel that easily could have been a 250 page one.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Deeply thought provoking. It brings humanity's enormous conundrum to personal scale. I was left disturbed, but challenged to make changes. Will my efforts make a difference? Will yours? Will ours?
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
There's a lot that I appreciated here. It has good discussions of current and future climate change and the implications of that for all life. It doesn't ignore social and economic aspects of climate change and addressing climate change; in fact, it dedicates a lot of time to those. I think that's really important in how we talk about addressing things. The book discusses potential individual responses -- in many ways, it's framed around Squarzoni thinking about his individual response -- but al ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Of all the climate-related books I've read, this one was the most interesting, thought-provoking, and may prove to be the most useful.

Using expert testimony and his own experiences, Squarzoni masterfully threads the science of climate change and the challenges to addressing it into a narrative of absorbing and managing that information on a personal level. He explores society's options to respond to climate change, offers matter-of-fact assessments of how we got here, which in turn explains our
Taylor Trauger
This is a book about climate change told from the perspective of someone learning about climate change. Backed by expert interviews and exhaustive research, Philippe Squarzoni delves into the raw science of our climate and, through illustrated storytelling, presents indisputable facts interlaced with personal anecdotes to draw you in on both an intellectual and an emotional level.

As he begins to understand the severity of the issue and what needs to be done about it, the topic consumes him, seep
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, comic, non-fiction
Well-researched and fascinating exploration of the history of the science around climate change. It is drawn like the storyboard of a documentary. Lots of talking head shots of experts and informants. Kind of sad that this book came out in 2012 and already feels slightly dated. But the history lesson is appreciated and valuable. And he does a great job laying out the ineffectual reactions by the world’s politicians and the bizarrely weighted coverage of the press, who seemingly give 50-50 covera ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Only one person in our book club finished this book, and that was on principle. None of us disbelieves climate change and that modern industrial life has exponentially/unnaturally increased the pace of its onset, so we found ourselves merely depressed by the thorough interviews and explanations of it all. I enjoyed the personal life stories peppered throughout, but they were too morose for me as well. The book did offer a nuanced discussion for our club, though. Some questions that arose: What's ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sadly sobering book that takes a scientific look - through the personal lens of the author - at the facts behind climate change and the problems we will face as a species starting in 2030. A book I wish everyone would read and take to heart. It can get techincal at times because it's providing the real science behind the effects our industialized, energy-hungry society is making to our planet. The graphic novel presentation of the information helps with the techincal parts, and in facts lends ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the idea of this book, but found it hard to keep reading it. It is a book about the author's creative process in making a graphic novel about climate change. It includes some good information about climate change, but is more about how the author changes in the process. I am an avid graphic novel reader and an environmental science student. I think maybe I just thought this was going to be more of a scientific communication to a broader audience. I thought it would take the issue of clima ...more
Exhausting. And apparently you can fill a graphic novel with talking heads. And it's already out of date though mostly in a negative way. Though it's not really out of date - it just doesn't cover the years after publication except as projection. Definitely informative but just more details of what I already knew, mostly around the political process. It is a remarkable example of what can be done with the graphic novel format.
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