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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The effects of global warming, she argues, can already be felt on every continent, in every country, by plants and animals alike. At the core, all of the important scientists in the field agree that the warming means that the planet is on the edge of a major climate change. She uses mostly anecdotal and qualitative evidence from glaciology, climatology, biology, and alludes to a few other areas of research, to show what notees global warming is having on the earth.
It was easier, both psychically and economically, to turn away from the facts.
The only issue I had with this was the inconsistancies between the measurements used, with units alternating between metric and imperial with no translation into the opposite unit so they can be compared easily.
And, as important, given it urgency. Overall, though, and especially if you read the edition with the updated afterword, you can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of despair, dread even, when you consider how little has been done to date and how very little is likely to be done in the near future to reduce the effects of global warming. If you have any doubts about the potential devastation facing the planet as a result of global warming, Kolbert’s book will eradicate them.
This book seems poorly-proportioned. Not that I am complaining. But it’s disappointing, when you compare what things were like in with now – there hasn’t been much progress despite much political posturing. Aug 07, Numidica rated it it was amazing.
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Dec 11, David Tranvik rated elizabetth it was amazing. Although the information in this book is dated the book was written eoizabeth a decade ago… which tells me that things are more dire than this book demonstrates! In this slim volume, Elizabeth Kolbert methodically explains the science of climate change and the warming temperatures of the earth. If you have an interest in understanding this topic, I would highly recommend this book as a starting place.
It should be a wake-up call to the world.
Field Notes from a Catastrophe
It’s never over your head. Now updated and with a new afterword, Field Notes from a Catastrophe is the book to read on the defining issue and greatest challenge of our times. Fielr we’ve surpassed ppm CO2 in the atmosphere since she wrote this precursor to “The Sixth Extinction,” and all of the macro trends in the environment are negative.
Everywhere she goes are clear-eyed scientists doing their thing—observing, monitoring, measuring. Perhaps in that the noges towards global warming started with the industrial revolution, and perhaps given our increasing numbers, this coming self made extention may have been somewhat out of control.
And so life went on as before, and everyone hoped for the tield. One place she traveled was to a Swiss research camp on the Greenland ice sheet. Topics Feld and nature books The Observer. Want to Read saving…. The book has two parts – 4 chapters grouped under “Nature. Now updated and with a new afterword, Field Notes from a Catastrophe is the book to read on the defining issue and greatest challenge of our times.
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This is a really good primer on climate change, the perfect gift for your conservative uncle who thinks climate change is a liberal conspiracy. A good overview of current climate science, its history, implications, and possible courses of action and the political states of them. For the sake of the planet, I hope that audience, especially in America, is enormous — and that it includes all the political wonks who loved her first book so much.
That was in – now, inis the weekend on which another massive drop in Summer sea ice will be declared as the new annual record. Nov 26, Sarah Boon rated it really liked it.
Perhaps in that the shift towards global warming started with the industrial revolution, and perhaps given our increasing numbers, this coming self made extention may have been somewhat out o While perhaps not well written, this is a very important read–the information is there–the reality of our inaction obvious to all.
Kolbert also takes us back to the beginning of the study of climate and climate change in the 19th century where we meet Irish physicist John Tyndall who studied the absorptive properties of various gases and came up with the first accurate account of how the atmosphere functions.
The majority of those affected were victim to the devastating earthquake that hit Kashmir and Pakistan on October 8.
This book needs to be on that list. Senate in — which said the United States should not comply with Kyoto until the developing world was similarly bound. Open Preview See a Problem? As a physicist, I wish that the evidence she had presented in the first half of her book was more quantitative than qualitative, but this might be because she was hoping to discuss the effects of global warming to a broad audience who may not necessarily be trained in reading complex scientific data.