It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing.
Field Notes from a Catastrophe, by journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, shows firsthand the harm being done by humans to our planet. From the icy tundra of Greenland to the dusty sands of the Middle East, climate change affects everyone. Kolbert documents both stories of inspiration and of remarkable ignorance and stupidity; she tells the real truth, even if it may not be what you want to hear.
If you want to read a great book that seriously addresses the problem of climate change, definitely consider this. Kolbert's writing is easy to understand, but powerful. The scientific data and the real-life testimony from scientists, government officials, and even normal citizens are combined in an effective way. This is probably one of the best science books I've read all year.