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Field Notes From a Catastrophe
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Field Notes From a Catastrophe
Man, Nature and Climate Change
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Americans have been warned since the late 1970s that the buildup of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere threatens to melt the polar ice sheets and irreversibly change our climate. With little done since then to alter this dangerous path, the world has reached a critical threshold. By the end of the century, it will likely be hotter than at any point in the last two million years, and the sweeping consequences of this change will determine the future of life on earth for generations to come.

Taking listeners from the melting Alaskan permafrost to storm-torn New Orleans, acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Kolbert approaches this monumental problem from every angle. She interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science, draws frightening parallels to lost civilizations and presents the moving tales of people who are watching their worlds disappear. Growing out of an award-winning three-part series for the New Yorker, Field Notes from a Catastrophe brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet.

Americans have been warned since the late 1970s that the buildup of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere threatens to melt the polar ice sheets and irreversibly change our climate. With little done since then to alter this dangerous path, the world has reached a critical threshold. By the end of the century, it will likely be hotter than at any point in the last two million years, and the sweeping consequences of this change will determine the future of life on earth for generations to come.

Taking listeners from the melting Alaskan permafrost to storm-torn New Orleans, acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Kolbert approaches this monumental problem from every angle. She interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science, draws frightening parallels to lost civilizations and presents the moving tales of people who are watching their worlds disappear. Growing out of an award-winning three-part series for the New Yorker, Field Notes from a Catastrophe brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet.

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  • Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1999. Prior to that she was a reporter for the New York Times. She received the American Association for the Advancement of Science's magazine writing award for the New Yorker series on which this book is based. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Kolbert's 2006 volume on climate change is gaining the iconic status associated with Rachel Carson's SILENT SPRING and Bill McKibben's THE END OF NATURE. A decade old, FIELD NOTES still contains some of the best explanations of the feedback mechanisms associated with global warming. It also serves as a lens through which to see how much (and how little) has changed. Narrator Hope Davis has a strong, exceptionally clear voice. She understands Kolbert's mission-- fact-based journalism about complex natural systems--and supports it in an earnest tone without overemphasis. Her pacing is good, and her pronunciation--even of some challenging butterfly species' names--seems flawless. FIELD NOTES is as terrifying as it was in 2006. F.C. � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine
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