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

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Long known for her insightful and thought-provoking political journalism, author Elizabeth Kolbert now tackles the controversial and increasingly urgent subject of global warming. In what began as groundbreaking three-part series in the New Yorker, for which she won a National Magazine Award in 2006, Kolbert cuts through the competing rhetoric and political agendas to elucidate for Americans what is really going on with the global environment and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet. Now updated and with a new afterword, Field Notes from a Catastrophe is the book to read on the defining issue and greatest challenge of our times. Elizabeth Kolbert was a reporter for the New York Times for fourteen years before becoming a staff writer covering politics for the New Yorker. She and her husband, John Kleiner, have three sons. They live in Williamstown, MA. Praise for Field Notes from a Catastrophe: "[A] small miracle of concision, gaining by its brevity and its plan of attack a rhetorical power that elucidates, rises to meet and deftly answers the historic crisis in which we find ourselves." —Los Angeles Times "Important...Precise and measured. Visiting an Inupiat community in Alaska, a butterfly expert in England, or a midlevel Bush administration official in Washington, D.C., [Kolbert] lets readers connect the dots to form a frightening (and still avoidable) vision of our future...[Grade:] A." —Entertainment Weekly "If you have time this year for just one book on science, nature or the environment, this should be it."—San Diego Union-Tribune "Passionate...well-researched."—New York Times Book Review
 

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DIV DIV Elizabeth Kolbert was a reporter for the New York Times for fourteen years before becoming a staff writer covering politics for the New Yorker. She and her husband, John Kleiner, have three sons. They live in Williamstown, MA.
 
Published June 25, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 240 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A visit to David Rind at the GISS Climate Impacts Group reveals that, ironically, while flooding may occur on some parts of the planet, the continental U.S. may face severe drought.

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The New York Times

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Kolbert took on "field trips," not only to places where climate change is affecting the natural world but also to ones — labs, offices, observatories — where humans are trying to understand the phenomenon of human-induced global warming.

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Field Notes From a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert Bloomsbury £14.99, pp210 For a bunch of alleged bloodsuckers, pitcher-plant mosquitoes turn out to be a bit of a disappointment.

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Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert Bloomsbury £7.99 The Inuit people of Banks Island have no word to describe what we know as a robin.

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On the burgeoning shelf of cautionary but occasionally alarmist books warning about the consequences of dramatic climate change, Kolbert's calmly persuasive reporting stands out for its sobering clarity.

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In response to a question about how urgent the problem of stabilizing emissions was, she replied, "We act, we learn, we act again," and in response to a question about what would constitute a "dangerous" level of [carbon dioxide] in the atmosphere, she said, "Forgive me, I'm going to repeat mysel...

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BC Books

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Elizabeth Kolbert's book Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change originated in a series of articles for The New Yorker magazine, for which she received the American Association for the Advancement of Science's magazine writing award.

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She takes the reader with her not only to the Alaska permafrost studies but to the ice pack in Greenland, glaciers in Iceland, butterfly studies near Yorkshire, England, and canals in the Netherlands built to reclaim land, as well as conferences on global warming and political offices.

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Book Reporter

According to the book's blurb, Kolbert "received the American Association for the Advancement of Science's magazine writing award for the New Yorker series on which this book is based."

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Slate

In this author-editor conversation, the New Yorker reporter and her book editor discuss finding the narrative arc of a nonfiction book and the “lost book about lost things” that started Kolbert's book-writing career.

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Chron.com

If you don’t think science has become politicized, I think you’re going to have a very difficult time making your case.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Field Notes, which emerged from a three-part series for the New Yorker last spring, is part travelogue, part primer on global warming.

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Vitality

Sea ice does not raise ocean levels.

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