Field Notes from a Catastrophe: A Frontline Report on Climate Change

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: A Frontline Report on Climate Change


By (author) Elizabeth Kolbert

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 20 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747585504
  • ISBN 13: 9780747585503
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 156,600

Product description

The world has known about global warming since the late 1970s, yet little has been done to halt it. The threat, if we fail, is nothing less than catastrophe - the flooding of coastal communities, the extinction of species and entry into a climate regime of which humans have no experience. Exploring the relationship between what we know and what we refuse to know, Elizabeth Kolbert takes us on an urgent journey from the Arctic to Central America, interviewing researchers, environmentalists and traditional Inuits whose lives have already been dramatically altered by climate change.

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Author information

Elizabeth Kolbert was a reporter for the New York Times for fourteen years before becoming a staff writer for the New Yorker covering politics. She and her husband, John Kleiner, have three sons. They live in Williamstown, MA.

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'Kolbert mesmerises with her poetic cadence in this riveting view of the apocalypse already upon us' Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 'The most frightening book I've read this century ... Field Notes from a Catastrophe holds a powerful message for us all and we would do well to heed it' Times Literary Supplement 'A detailed and very readable account of the problems many communities are faced with as the puddles form in the Arctic ... and how we continue to cover our eyes to the visible changes happening around us' Ecologist 'A superbly crafted, diligently compressed vision of a world spiralling towards destruction' Observer