Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
The arguments, evidence, and conclusions should surprise few readers in Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe and Flannery's The Weather Makers. Given existing scientific knowledge, neither author (and no critic) doubts that global warming is real, with terrible consequences looming ahead.<P>The difference between the books largely comes down to tone and style. Kolbert, a reporter for the New Yorker, provides an excellent primer on climate change. Praised for her elegance and accessibil...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
“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
Elizabeth Kolbert, é uma jornalista Norte Americana que se tem interessado ao longo dos tempos com as modificações climaticas ocorridas em todo o globo, desde a existencia de relactos que enquadram o aparecimento de vida na terra.
Neste livro, Kolbert divide a obra em 2 partes: Uma primeira parte mais voltada para as mudanças ocorridas na natureza e as consequencias que...more
Just before all this sea levels had been rising by one foot per decade. Catastrophic it wasn't but it would be for our coastal communities if repeated now.
Here's an interesti...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
At this point the political information is...more
Kolbert is a fine writer, and although I suppose the book is a bit out of date by now...more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
And for those that enjoyed this, I would recommend The Long Summer, by Brian M Fagan, which goes into more depth on how climate changes have affected civilizations since the last ice age, which ties in nicely to this book and t...more
We can't all go on with ""business as usual"" and act like nothing is happening.
Even if by the end of the book you are still not convinced that global warming is a real event happening right now as we speak I think the book will convince you that we need to take action to clean up ours...more
The book is composed of two sections, the first of which primarily catalogues a random a...more
Not only does this book treat us to current science but it explains the his...more
As the title suggests, "Field Notes" is less of a cohesive narrative on global climate change and more of a collection of reporting from around the world on its impacts. This may sound like a criticism, but it's not. T...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
Split into two parts, the first, “Nature,” offers four c...more
Only 13 pages in, Kolbert has already committed what, as far as I'm concerned, is the cardinal sin of science wr...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.