In writing that is both clear and unbiased, Kolbert – an acclaimed New Yorker journalist – approaches global warming from every angle. She travels to the Arctic, the North of England, Holland and Puerto Rico, 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, in an eerie foreshadowing, are watching their worlds disappear. Scientists have been warning the world since the late 1970s that the build-up 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 for all the countries in the world, but perhaps especially the USA, to face up to the realities of global warming and to secure our future. By the end of the century, the world will probably 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 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"
"A superbly crafted, diligently compressed vision of a world spiralling towards destruction"
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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.