“Kolbert never editorializes, but her message comes through all the louder for her restraint: Given what we know about climate change and how we, particularly we Americans, are responding, one can only conclude that we have deliberately chosen to destroy our environment and ourselves.”
— Seattle Times
“Sober, detailed, and alarming without being alarmist.”
“On the burgeoning shelf of cautionary but occasionally alarmist books warning about the consequences of dramatic climate change, Kolbert’s calmly persuasive reporting stands out for its sobering clarity… this unbiased overview is a model for writing about an urgent environmental crisis”
Elizabeth Kolbert traveled from Alaska to Greenland, and visited top scientists, to get to the heart of the debate over global warming. Growing out of a groundbreaking three-part series in The New Yorker (which won the 2005 National Magazine Award in the category Public Interest), Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done, and how we can save our planet.
She 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. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year (2006) by The New York Times Book Review.
She is currently at work on The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (March 2014), a book about mass extinctions that will weave intellectual and natural history with reporting in the field. As with Field Notes from a Catastrophe, the book began as an article in The New Yorker.