Peter Christie is an award-winning author of several books, including popular science books about conservation, climate change, wildlife and animal behaviour. His books for kids and young adults have been translated into Chinese and Korean.
Unnatural Companions: Rethinking Our Love of Pets in an Age of Wildlife Extinction –
We love our pets. Dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and other species have become an essential part of more families than ever before—in North America today, pets outnumber people. Pet owners are drawn to their animal companions through an innate desire to connect with other species. But there is a dark side to our domestic connection with animal life: the pet industry is contributing to a global conservation crisis for wildlife—often without the knowledge of pet owners. Christie's book is a cautionary tale to responsible pet owners about why we must change the ways we love and care for our pets. – Island Press, Washington (2020) 267 pp.
The Curse of Akkad: Climate Upheavals that Rocked Human History –
"While many wonder how today's warming climate will affect our future, The Curse of Akkad explores capricious climate shifts of the past. From an ice age that gave humans an evolutionary leg up to an El Nino that frustrated the battle plans of Hitler, author Peter Christie shows that the prevailing weather of a place is not simply a backdrop to important events, but often a critical player. The Curse of Akkad is an acclaimed writer's exciting and enlightening look at climate's frequent place at the helm of human history." – Annick Press, Toronto (2008) 160 pp.
RACER: Rapid Assessment of Circum-Arctic Ecosystem Resilience Handbook – Co-authored with Martin Sommerkorn – "RACER ... locates sources of ecological strength and durability in today’s arctic ecosystems - ecosystem resilience - and looks ahead to whether these wellsprings of resilience will persist in a climate-altered future." This handbook (Christie & Sommerkorn, 2012) has been cited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment 2013, and the Arctic Council.– WWFGlobal Arctic Programme, Ottawa (2012) 72 pp.
50 Climate Questions: A Blizzard of Blistering Facts – "Climate is a hot topic. Turns out, it’s been a major mover and shaker since time began. Climate has made it possible for new species to evolve, yet has wiped out others. We might not think about it this way, but it has a hand in determining where we live, what we do, and how well we survive. ... Discover the topsy-turvy world of climate in these electrifying pages, while enjoying the madcap illustrations along the way." – Annick Press, Toronto (2012) 120 pp.
The Sky's the Limit: Ten Years of Achievements by CFCAS – Over 10 years, The Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science funded university research across the country that changed the way Canadians respond to climate change and weather-affected events including droughts, severe storms, and floods.The Sky's the Limit chronicles a remarkable decade of ground-breaking scientific achievement. – CFCAS, Ottawa (2010) 60 pp.
Animal Snoops: The Wondrous World of Wildlife Spies – "Scientists are discovering that creatures -- from bugs to baboons -- are experts at watching, listening and prying into the lives of other animals. This fascinating book investigates how animals use secret-agent skills to find a mate, locate food and outsmart predators." – Annick Press, Toronto (2010) 72 pp.
Naturally Wild Musicians: The Wondrous World of Animal Song – "From Indonesian gibbons that sing duets for safety to Chinese torrent frogs that go ultrasonic to be heard in the rain, this book reveals the importance of sound for more than two dozen forms of wildlife. Filled with dramatic photographs of animals in action and clear, engaging writing, Naturally Wild Musicians is an intriguing look at the world of animal sounds" – Annick Press, Toronto (2007) 48 pp.
Primer on Bioproducts – "This Primer on Bioproducts is an introduction to biology-based industrial products and processes — technologies and processes that use plants, micro-organisms and their products as an alternative (or as a complement) to the fossil fuels and petrochemicals used in cars, factories and consumer goods." -- Pollution Probe, Toronto (2004) 76 pp.
Well-schooled Fish and Feathered Bandits: The Wondrous Ways Animals Learn from Other Animals – "We don't usually think of animals learning from one another the way people do. But now scientists are beginning to wonder if animals are better students than we realize. Well-Schooled Fish and Feathered Bandits offers stunning examples of animals teaching animals around the world." – Annick Press, Toronto (2006) 48 pp.
Reptile and Amphibians of Prince Edward County, Ontario – "Reptiles and Amphibians of Prince Edward County, Ontario is a comprehensive look at the little-known residents of a well-known corner of rural Ontario. Complete with descriptions and illustrations, the book provides serious and amateur naturalists with a thorough compilation of recent and historic reports of the some thirty species of turtles, snakes, frogs, toads and salamanders that are – or once were – found in this unique part of the province." – Dundurn Press, Toronto (1997) 144 pp.