These are primarily not climate change books, instead they are books that I've found very helpful in forming a more complete picture of the world-as-it-is in general. The first one does discuss climate change in places, though. The second comprises a broader range of topics than just environmental sustainability as the title would seem to imply. Sustainability was neither a household name nor a buzzword in most regions in 2004...
- Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows and Diana Wright (2008). Depending on your state of mind, chapter 2 (A Brief Visit to the Systems Zoo) may seem a bit dry, but I found the other six chapters more engaging and finished up 2 when I'd been drinking less... Feel free to skip or selectively read chapter two. There is no math whatsoever in the body of the book, but she provides an appendix describing the math and listing the equations used in constructing the text for those who wish to pursue them.
- The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living by Frtijof Capra (2004)
- Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick (1987)
- Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson (2001)
- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn (1962). Memory fails me a bit about how dense a text this is. It's the only one on the list I encountered in a classroom setting (Contemporary Philosophy at University of Alabama Huntsville). What I can tell you is that I actually finished if not the entire book, almost all of it, unlike the others on the syllabus (I've rarely been a very diligent student) and will be reading it again.
To be determined, maybe.