First Chapter. ‘Field Notes From a Catastrophe’. By ELIZABETH KOLBERT MARCH 12, Continue reading the main story Share This Page. Continue. Field Notes from a Catastrophe. by Elizabeth Kolbert. Bloomsbury £ The Inuit people of Banks Island have no word to describe what we. In Field Notes From a Catastrophe, Elizabeth Kolbert presents incontrovertible evidence that global warming is a clear and present danger.

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Any or all of these might be true, but I’d like for people not to just take the catastrophic nature of global warming as an article of faith and tell me so.

And, among other locations, she takes a look at the Monteverde Cloud Forest in north-central Costa Rica. She visits Holland, where the government is beginning to buy out people who live on low-lying land that cannot be saved from rising seas.

On the whole, I thought Field Notes from leizabeth Catastrophe was a well argued case to the general public showing that the extreme global warming we have observed is a result of human actions and it will end in serious consequences. This article relies too much on references to primary sources. In “Man” she ranges from an ancient tale of climate change in a chapter on the Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC.

Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes From a Catastrophe gives climate change a human face | Grist

The conclusions she makes through her studies show the reader how climate change affects nature and what will happen in the future if there are no reforms. Quotes from Field Notes from With so much talk on what a major climate change could mean for our future, this book details what effects climate change is currently bringing upon us.


Thanks for telling us about the problem.

We are sloppy catasfrophe on fossil fuels and show no interest in sobering up. During the course of the last decade plus, I’ve come to learn much of the contents or main points Kolbert makes here.

Kolbert takes us on a voyage across Iceland and Greenland, glaciers in Alas This was more hard science than rhetoric which was welcome. Then there are the scientists.

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This book needs to be on that list. But it is also a cayastrophe read for those of us who follow the literature pretty closely. It would certainly have made a perfect ending to her book. Kolbert takes a broad view of climate change, tackling it from a variety of perspectives through a field notes approach. It us up to each of us to decide how we can personally and globally use that power to affect change for better, or for worse.

In what began as groundbreaking three-part series in the New Yorkerfor which she won a National Magazine Award inKolbert cuts through the competing rhetoric and political agendas to elu. Paperbackpages. Pre-historic air trapped in arctic ice-cores is not the only evidence of our new climate regime.

A new regulation on the project requires scientists to wear life jackets, as many had begun to fall through ice. Is it because it will dislocate coastal communities? 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 A good overview of current climate science, its history, implications, and possible courses of action and the political states of them.

Maybe, if we can make “Field Notes” required reading in every high school today, we could begin to turn the trend around. This article possibly contains original research.


Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Also, it seemed to me that she made too strong of a distinction between the effects of global warming on nature versus the effects of global warming on humanity.

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Retrieved from ” https: There has been mixed success in these solutions. Though this bo The only thing more hope-killing than reading Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change see also The Sixth Extinction: Will we heat the atmosphere to the point where there are crocodiles at the poles, as there ntoes in the Cretaceous?

She begins in the interior of Alaska, speaking with scientists about the thawing of the permafrost and how this is an indicator of global temperatures. Dobriansky attempts to explain and defend the adminstration’s policy on climate change. The content is not uplifting, but this message needs to be heard.

Kolbert organizes her narrative as a series of travelogues to various parts of the world where the effects of global warming are made most evident. But then, you probably should be. Kolbert describes projects underway in the Netherlands to clear land for the inevitably rising ocean and river waters.

The canary is already dead. View all 15 comments. Long known for her insightful and thought-provoking political journalism, author Elizabeth Kolbert now tackles the controversial and increasingly urgent subject of global warming.