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Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (2006)

by Elizabeth Kolbert

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A must read for all adults, period. ( )
  billsearth | May 25, 2015 |
Fun and interesting book to read. The book is divided in different chapters talking about completely different aspects about climate change from her own experiences at the pole to how capitalists are blocking every action towards solving it. It's not a book were you will learn the hardcore facts about climate change but one that shows you a few aspects in a very readable way. Not a book for someone who wants to learn his/her first facts about climate change but a very "fun" book for people who's lives are being dominated by such subjects. ( )
  Cl56 | Dec 31, 2014 |
3.5 stars

This is another book that looks at climate change – what humans are doing to cause it, the politics, the science, and what is happening with the climate and our world.

It was good. I think the author presents it in an easy-to-understand way. I will admit to losing focus a few times while reading, surprising to me more in the first section “nature”, which I would have thought would hold my interest more. I suspect, though, that it's not the material; it is what's happening in my life right now that is distracting. It may also have to do with me seeming to read quite a bit about this lately, so maybe I need to set this topic aside for a while and come back to it again later. Overall, though, I'll still rate it “good”. It did hold my interest more for the second half, anyway. ( )
  LibraryCin | Sep 1, 2014 |
Well, what I got from this book was that we're pretty much screwed.

However this is less depressing than you might expect since I just read [book:The World Without Us] and it seems like even if we don't survive at least the rest of the world will, and it'll probably evolve some interesting new species, which would be cool.

Also, this book was a more entertaining read than I thought it might be, because apparently climate scientists are FUN GUYS. Perhaps they feel liberated, knowing that it's pretty much the end of the world as we know it. ( )
  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
Free book from a program to foster university-wide discussion of big issues. I got bored. Part of the boredom, but also a bit of mirth, came from the pat, gratuitous New Yorker descriptive style, which generally gives the impression that the writer would really like to fuck his or her interviewees, no matter how grave the subject matter. But hey, free book.
  idlerking | Mar 31, 2013 |
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New Yorker writer Kolbert tackles the controversial subject of global warming. 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 course, now is the moment to salvage our future. By the end of the century, the world will likely be hotter than it's been 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. Kolbert approaches this monumental problem from every angle. She travels to the Arctic, interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science and the studies, draws frightening parallels to lost ancient civilizations, unpacks the politics, and presents the personal tales of those who are being affected most--the people who make their homes near the poles and are watching their worlds disappear.--From publisher description.… (more)

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