First Chapter. ‘Field Notes From a Catastrophe’. By ELIZABETH KOLBERT MARCH 12, Continue reading the main story Share This Page. Continue. Field Notes from a Catastrophe. by Elizabeth Kolbert. Bloomsbury £ The Inuit people of Banks Island have no word to describe what we. In Field Notes From a Catastrophe, Elizabeth Kolbert presents incontrovertible evidence that global warming is a clear and present danger.

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Articles that may contain original research from July All articles that may contain original research Articles lacking reliable references from July All articles lacking reliable references Articles with multiple maintenance issues Pages to import images to Wikidata. Kolbert catasyrophe to attention the attempts of large corporations such as Exxon Mobil and General Motors to influence politicians and discredit scientists. For the sake of the planet, I hope that audience, especially in America, is enormous — and that it includes all the political wonks who loved her first book so much.

Long known for her insightful and thought-provoking political journalism, author Elizabeth Kolbert now tackles the controversial and increasingly urgent subject of global oklbert. The moral of the story: In an afterword written in JanuaryKolbert makes clear that business as usual continues and without U.

She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: There is technology that could reduce CO2 which, while available, is not practical. Field Notes from a Catastrophe discussion.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert

The majority of those affected were victim to the devastating earthquake that hit Kashmir and Pakistan on October 8. At the core, all of the important scientists in the field agree that the warming means that the planet is on the edge of a major climate change. For more advanced scientific information about climate change many other good books are available including The Weather Makersbut for an introduction to the subject this one is great.


The book attempts to bring attention to the causes and effects of global climate change. She spends a month on a glacier in Greenland. Every autumn, pitcher-plant mosquitoes go into diapause, their equivalent of hibernation. It also gives a hard look at various existing schemes proposed to meet the crisis. She heads to Swiss Camp, a research station on a platform drilled into the Greenland ice sheet.

Eliizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Want to Read saving…. Plant Conversion to Save Workers and the Planet. Although the information in this book is dated the book was written almost a decade ago… which tells me that things are more dire than this book demonstrates!

The process is fixed by the creature’s genes and triggered when daylight hours drop below a certain level. On a lighter note, in a chapter on early history of climate science, Nnotes enjoyed the anecdote about Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius, whose dissertation in was judged by his committee as unimpressive, meriting only a fourth-class grade of “non sine laude”.

Elizabeth Kolbert was, still is I think, the main environmental writer for The New Yorker, though she writes of other things too, nowadays. Is it because it will dislocate coastal communities?

Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Why are resistances caused by various nations to currently proposed universal Environment Protection policies? In this section, she also makes a convincing argument that excess greenhouse gasses from humans gases such as CO2 are causing global warming. Jan 11, Ted rated it it was amazing Shelves: Holland is also experimenting with floating homes and considering buoyant highways.

This book was one of the first books I read on climate change, and is particularly convincing as it is based on actually observing what was going on in the Arctic, not on climate models, theoretical projections, or any such things as these though I imagine that some of this fie,d is mentioned in the book, I don’t recall.


Then she goes on: On the whole, I thought Field Notes from a Catastrophe was a well argued case to the general public showing that the extreme global warming we have observed is a result of human actions and it will end in serious consequences.

It spends too many pages shoring up the existence of anthropogenic climate change and not enough time talking about the implications.

Refresh and try again. July Learn how and when to remove this template message. Nov 06, Mark Stevens rated it it was amazing. Greenland; Alaska; Burlington, Vermont, and other climate change points of interest. This could cause food and water distribution problems and possibly spark armed conflict.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change

Trying to sum up the book here I went back to what I said about Sixth Extinction. It is through our ignorance and denial that is causing dramatic changes to our Earth. And it’s a fairly alarming one.

She begins in the interior of Alaska, speaking with scientists about the thawing of the permafrost and how this is an indicator of global temperatures. Though this bo The only thing more hope-killing than reading Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change see also The Sixth Extinction: And everything will collapse,’ he tells Kolbert.

In the UK, records started in a Victorian spasm of amateurism show butterfly ranges racing Northward at 50km a year.

Solidarity depends on the generous contributions of its friends and allies to continue its work. However, the inescapable truth of both books is that in the human-marked epoch, now known as the Anthropocene, we humans are the biggest impact on the flora, fauna, and world around us.