Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change
Kolbert takes us on a voyage across Iceland and Greenland, glaciers in Alas...more
“It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing.” This quote demonstrates the overwhelming message that Kolbert is trying to convey in writing this book. She urges people to recognize the growing changes that are occurring on our planet and the need to address issue before for it is to late.
Kolbert’s book provides unique facts and observation that allow her to come to the...more
Kolbert is a fine writer, and although I suppose the book is a bit out of date by now...more
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
― Upton Sinclair, I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked
That famous quote from Upton Sinclair seems highly appropriate to any discussion of climate change in this country. Entrenched, very powerful economic interests control our political system and, to a great extent, our media, and those interests are determined that business as usual shall prevail in the production and distrib...more
Like any reasonable overview of climate change, it's sort of a doom, gloom, doom, doom, doom, we're fucked if we don't do anything, th...more
She visits both polar regions and many points between to present data on CO2 levels, ice-cap depletion, permafrost, rising sea levels, CFC emissions, third world growth, and inadequate international understanding...more
This is something of a miracle of concision--it is scientifically literate and helps to provide a more secure foundation for many of the well-known generalizations about the causes and implications of anthropogenic climate change. I especially appreciated the brief forays into computer modelling and other scientific methods profiled in the book: we spend a few days with Vladimir Romanovsky, geophysicist and one of the world's leading permafrost experts; we read about John Tyndall , who in 1859 b...more
The problem is that Field Notes was published in 2006, and those of us who are not ostriches know that the foundations of catastrophic climate change have continued to solidify in the eight years since. Worse yet, there has bee...more
The facts in here were a bit...more
The book is composed of two sections, the first of which primarily catalogues a random a...more
Kolbert is a journalist and has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999. She has written a great deal on climate change.
In class this book was regarded as generally accessible. The writing style is journalistic and Kolbert reports as a journalist, not an activist or a scientific, which seemed to make it all the more accessible. Given my background, I thou...more
A competent but unadventuresome tour of the state of global warming science and media coverage thereof, circa 2006. Linden was a longtime environmental writer at Time, and one of the first "big" journalists to start covering global warming on a regular basis, and the several chapters that deal with the history of climate change in the media are excellent and fascinating. But this really-quite-decent book is most notable, unfortunately, for co...more
Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.