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Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change | [Elizabeth Kolbert]

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change

Taking listeners from the melting Alaskan permafrost to storm-torn New Orleans, acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Kolbert approaches this monumental problem from every angle. She interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science, draws frightening parallels to lost civilizations, and presents the moving tales of people who are watching their worlds disappear.
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Publisher's Summary

Americans have been warned since the late 1970s that the buildup 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 path, the world has reached a critical threshold. By the end of the century, it will likely be hotter than at any point 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.

Taking listeners from the melting Alaskan permafrost to storm-torn New Orleans, acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Kolbert approaches this monumental problem from every angle. She interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science, draws frightening parallels to lost civilizations, and presents the moving tales of people who are watching their worlds disappear. Growing out of an award-winning three-part series for The New Yorker, Field Notes from a Catastrophe brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe is our Editors' Pick for Nonfiction. Find out what else made Audible's Best of 2006 list.
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©2006 Elizabeth Kolbert. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Powerful, clear, and important." (Scientific American)
"Kolbert's calmly persuasive reporting stands out for its sobering clarity....Kolbert lets facts rather than polemics tell the story....This unbiased overview is a model for writing about an urgent environmental crisis." (Publishers Weekly)
"Illuminating and sobering....Includes fascinating accounts of how climate changes affected the planet in the past, and how such changes are occurring in different parts of the world right now." (The New York Review of Books)

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    Danny Tucson, AZ 04-21-06
    Danny Tucson, AZ 04-21-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Very well done!"

    I came to the subject of Global Warming with only a vague concern, and very little bias. Sure, my wife and I each drive a Prius and we recycle, but before reading this book I wasn't really worried. Now, I'm keeping watch for ways to be part of the solution.

    The book is well written with an easy style. The author weaves scientific elements into the story of human life, making the listen both interesting and informative. While I found the middle of the book to drag a bit, the last chapters more than made up for any necessary foundation laid therein.

    Thank you, Elizabeth Kolbert, for your clear and scientific explanation of the facts that fuel the fears of global warming. I wish everyone would read this book!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-23-06
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-23-06 Member Since 2002
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    "just the facts"

    Great distillation of what exactly "global warming" is. In only a few hours, the book provides solid info on the past, present and future implications of global warming. Beyond the info, I thought the narrator was one of the best I've ever heard at Audible.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Edwards, CO, USA 04-28-06
    Jackie Edwards, CO, USA 04-28-06 Member Since 2001
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    "One Scary Book"

    This has to be the scariest book I have ever listened to. In her calm, state the facts way, she step by step teaches how the planet is changing at an unprecedented rate and how the US is lagging far behind in taking action. Riveting book well worth the time to listen to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Washington, DC, United States 02-27-11
    Wanda Washington, DC, United States 02-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A must read for everyone!"

    The author knows how to write and to convey information without patronizing the audience - she is about information (draw your own conclusions). The book also does not fall into the statistics trap.

    Without hesitation an excellent (albeit frightning) resource on climate change and it's consequences.

    Reader is also perfectly suited.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marian Hanganu Ploiesti, Romania 05-04-08
    Marian Hanganu Ploiesti, Romania 05-04-08 Member Since 2006

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    "Scary"

    Listen the book if you really want to know how far are we to a catastrophy. You will be scared. Read with a grave voice, the book presents undenialble proofs that we are close to World's greatest catastrophy.
    I also recommend "the Coming Economic Collapse" by Stephen Leeb.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R.S. Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-18-11
    R.S. Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-18-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Concise look at global warming & policy responses"

    This collection of articles about global warming, those who have been involved in the development of the science, the discoveries of scientists tracing its terrifying trajectory, and US policy in the Bush administration is a model of concision. And it is still, unfortunately, timely. "Field Notes" concludes with hopeful examples of the possibilities of awareness and change.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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