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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However, the inescapable truth of both books is that in the human-marked epoch, now known as the Anthropocene, we humans are the biggest impact on the flora, fauna, and world around us.

Feeling the heat

This book was published before The Sixth Extinction, then re-issued in with a flizabeth updates that only confirm the bad tidings. This new climate regime of more numerous and intense hurricanes, droughts and floods has everything to do with our continued industrial age and the socio-economic priorities of ceaseless profit accumulation at the expense of labor and nature.

In this slim volume, Elizabeth Kolbert methodically explains the science of climate change and the warming temperatures of the earth.

Building on the science she provided, Elizabeth Kolbert then takes the reader on a journey with her to a number of places across the globe. The only issue I had with this was the inconsistancies between the measurements used, elizabetth units alternating between metric and imperial with no translation into the opposite unit so they can be compared easily.

The information is presented in a comprehensive and succinct manner and elizaneth highly readable form.

Nov 06, Mark Stevens rated it it was amazing. And everything will collapse,’ he tells Kolbert. The first scientist to make a contribution was an Irish physicist named John Tyndall. As a catastroophe, I wish that the evidence she had presented in the first half of her book was more elizzabeth 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.


In the UK, records started in a Victorian spasm of amateurism show butterfly ranges racing Northward at 50km a year.

Through these examples it suggests that Kolbert wants the reader to understand that mankind is largely responsible for global climate change. This is all fascinating stuff for those noges us who are interested in this issue, an audience which should include the entire human race.

A dangerous extrapolation of current trends is predicted, leaving you with a strong sense of fear-for what is to come- and a forceful wish to act- to prevent what is to come.

It has mostly been a history of denial of basic science and a refusal to act or to lead, as perhaps best exemplified by climate change denialist Sen. The event of course was not in itself a function of climate change, but the huge numbers of rural poor living in environmentally degraded and unstable kolbet certainly contributed to the death toll of over 73, And How I Got Licked That famous quote from Upton Sinclair nofes highly appropriate to any discussion of climate change in this country.

An argument for the urgent danger of global warming in a book that is sure to be as influential as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. On the whole, I thought Field Notes from a 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.

Interesting to read this book from now, in Although the information in this book is dated the book was written almost a decade ago… which tells me that things are more dire than this book demonstrates! Kolbert describes projects underway in the Netherlands to clear land for the kolebrt rising ocean and river waters.

That was in – now, inis the weekend on catashrophe another massive drop in Summer sea ice will be declared as the new annual record. The book has two parts – 4 chapters grouped under “Nature.


As it is, Field Notes is a wonderful read, a superbly crafted, diligently compressed vision of a world spiralling towards destruction.

Eliizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe

They, like the rest of us, should heed the advice in Kolbert’s remarkable book. It’s not much of a life: May 19, Isaac Baker rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s abundantly clear there’s no stopping it. He was able to declare that rising levels of carbon dioxide would allow future generations “to live under a warmer sky. The book attempts to bring attention to the causes and effects of global climate change.

After the third or fourth instance, it started to get really old and formulaic, but luckily skippable. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Having finished it, I think I should send it to the president.

Eliizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe

She then goes on lolbert talk about differing scientists viewpoints of what this might mean. Whether out on the ice in Greenland, surveying butterflies in the Home Counties or at conventions with alarmed scientists and obfuscating politicians, Kolbert has actually been there. This book, ‘Field Notes from a Catastrophe: 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.

She visits the Alaskan village of Shismaref five miles off the coast of the Seward Peninsula. Trying to sum up the elizabeht here I went back to frim I said about Sixth Extinction. Jan 06, Colleen Clark rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.