Field Notes From a Catastrophe - Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Field Notes From a Catastrophe - Man Nature and Climate Change Author:Elizabeth Kolbert Long known for her insightful and thought-provoking political journalism, author Elizabeth Kolbert now tackles the controversial and increasingly urgent subject of global warming. In what began as groundbreaking three-part series in the New Yorker, for which she won a National Magazine Award in 2006, Kolbert cuts through the competing rhe... more »toric and political agendas to elucidate for Americans what is really going on with the global environment and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet. 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.« less
I've read lots of climate change books, and this one didn't appeal to me as the others have. I didn't get the sense of the overwhelming scale of the problem as I have in other books, or the feeling that we may actually be able to do something to avert the oncoming disaster. It reads as sort of a "state of the problem" dissertation, with litanies of evidence of global warming, and the political challenges posed against solving it. I'd recomment eaarth or The Weathermakers instead.