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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Kolbert takes us on a voyage across Iceland and Greenland, glaciers in Alas This was more hard science than rhetoric which was welcome. She lays out the consequences of global warming in two groups. Subscribe to our Newsletter with Facebook First name or full name.

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It’s abundantly clear there’s no stopping it. It should be a wake-up call to the world. She also speaks with many leading scientists about their individual research and findings. It’s all in a journalistic style, which manages to give the whole issue and its history a bit of life and personality, without the nonsense of portraying climate change deniers as anything but fools or tools of various industries.

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Who’s leading the task of coming up with protection strategies and how are they doing it? CO2 levels are now rising off the chart.

Eliizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Kolbert makes a thorough case for why stored carbon in permafrost, the ice-albedo feedback loop, and other things will make the effects of global warming far more irregular and sudden than we appreciate. This is all fascinating stuff for those of us who are interested in this issue, an audience which should include the entire human race.


The most interesting takeaway from this book is that there are a number of positive feedback cycles and trigger points that make the natural human tendency to think of global warming as a steady, linear process very dangerous. Though this bo The only thing more hope-killing than reading Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change see also The Sixth Extinction: A new regulation on the project requires scientists to wear life jackets, as many had begun to fall through ice.

They, like the rest of us, should heed the advice in Kolbert’s remarkable book. Arrhenius began painstakingly working out the effects of carbon dioxide CO2 on global temperatures. This was more hard science than rhetoric which was welcome. The first chapters explain some of the negative effects of climate change on nature, while the later chapters deal with how climate change has affected man and civilization in the past, how it will likely affect us in the future, and how political leaders are squandering the last few years we have left to make much of difference – all in order to appease their big-time cash contributors.

Her final paragraph, written in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina about a Times-P Reading this 13 years after it was published was somehow more sobering than had I read it the time. Get articles and upcoming events delivered every month.

As for humans, families in the Netherlands have ,olbert moved into floating homes. That was in – now, inis the weekend on which another massive drop in Summer sea ice will be declared as the new annual record.


In fact, I wish I had read it first – not because it is the better of the two books, but because it is a better introduction to the subject. What Kolbert does best is explain things through conversations with experts.

Eliizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Bush acknowledged the problem and signed the U. How big an impact would climate change have on ecological distribution of living organisms? And watching the world change under the pressures of global warming.

Kolbert organizes her narrative kolbeet a series klbert travelogues to various parts of the world where the effects of global warming are made most evident. And that is that the climate system has much greater things in store for us than we think. Her final paragraph, koolbert in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina about a Times-Picayune expose published four years before that devastation, would eerily apply to too many areas, and certainly the present day: 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 cover says that the text started out as a three-part series in The New Yorker. Apr 08, Noah rated it liked it.

May 19, Isaac Baker rated it it was amazing Shelves: She heads to Swiss Camp, a research station on a platform drilled fielv the Greenland ice sheet.