Field Notes From A Catastrophe

Field Notes From A Catastrophe

Man, Nature, and Climate Change

Book - 2007
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New Yorker writer Kolbert tackles the controversial subject of global warming. Americans have been warned since the late 1970s 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. 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 are watching their worlds disappear.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007, c2006.
Edition: Pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781596911307
Characteristics: 225 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.


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About Elizabeth Kolbert, Author of The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the 2019-2020 One Book, One Chicago selection The Sixth Extinction, has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. She has written dozens of pieces for the magazine, including profiles of Senator Hillary Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Her series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” appeared in The New Yorker in the… (more)

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" 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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