Field Notes From A Catastrophe

Field Notes From A Catastrophe

Man, Nature, and Climate Change

Book - 2006
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An argument for the urgent danger of global warming in a book that is sure to be as influential as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring .

Known for her insightful and thought-provoking journalism, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert now tackles the controversial subject of global warming. Americans have been warned since the late nineteen-seventies that the buildup of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere threatens to melt the polar ice sheets and irreversibly change our climate. With little done since then to alter this dangerous course, now is the moment to salvage our future. By the end of the century, the world will likely be hotter than it's been in the last two million years, and the sweeping consequences of this change will determine the future of life on earth for generations to come.

In writing that is both clear and unbiased, Kolbert approaches this monumental problem from every angle. She travels to the Arctic, interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science and the studies, draws frightening parallels to lost ancient civilizations, unpacks the politics, and presents the personal tales of those who are being affected most--the people who make their homes near the poles and, in an eerie foreshadowing, are watching their worlds disappear. Growing out of a groundbreaking three-part series for the New Yorker , Field Notes from a Catastrophe brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done, and how we can save our planet.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub., 2006.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781596911253
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Mar 30, 2021

This book is written by an author who clearly understands her role as a reporter, as opposed to a propagandist. Very enjoyable to read and, although somewhat dated for some of us, it is still very relevant, informative. It reads much like a delightfully written travel log; of our voyage to oblivion.

Oct 29, 2020

This is serious. Very serious. We are at the beginning of the end. Never has our planet been subjected to such co2 emissions : never has it been subject to such warming. This book ties many strands together: poleward migration of species; increasing occurrence and intensity of hurricanes; icecaps melting; sea levels rising, the list goes on.
The result: drought and forest fires; diminished harvests; famine; a truncated food chain.
We are already along the slope to, what? Somewhere we’ve never been or want to go.
Author Elizabeth Kolbert assembles the facts; provides the data and makes the case. Scary.
What can be done; it is almost too late. Some of the changes are almost irreversible.
And where are those in power. The leaders. The politicians. They are often among the disbelievers. It will cost too much —- it can’t be done. The scientists are not in agreement. These are the excuses but the catastrophe will be the reality.

Aug 10, 2019

" Average global temperatures have absolutely nothing to do with ordinary life. This is perhaps best illustrated by the ups and downs of climate history.....during the Last Glacial Maximum, average global temperatures were only about ten degrees colder than they are today."

ser_library Jul 29, 2015

a readable fact filled book with examples one remembers and wants to talk about


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