Field Notes from a Catastrophe
A Frontline Report on Climate Change
By Elizabeth Kolbert
[pounds sterling]14.99 Bloomsbury
This is a brilliant description of the realities of global warming and a passionate plea for action while there is still time. In writing that is both clear and unbiased, Elizabeth Kolbert--an acclaimed New Yorker journalist--approaches global warming from every angle.
She travels to the Arctic, the north of England, Holland and Puerto Rico, interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science and the studies, draws frightening parallels to lost ancient civilisations, 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.
Scientists have been warning the world since the late 1970s that the build-up of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere threatens to melt the...