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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The hard, cold, sobering facts about global warming and its effects on the environment that sustains us. Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe is nothing less than a Silent Spring for our time.” 

    T. C. Boyle, author of The Tortilla Curtain and When the Killing’s Done

  • “[A] small miracle of concision, gaining by its brevity and its plan of attack a rhetorical power that elucidates, rises to meet and deftly answers the historic crisis in which we find ourselves.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The brilliance of Field Notes from a Catastrophe flows from Kolbert’s gift for making the violence of climate change feel vast yet intimate…Her field-journal format adroitly bridges the gulf between professionals and amateurs, giving the writing a conversational tone without compromising the science.” 

    Slate

  • “Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, surveyed the world’s leading climate scientists, and discovered an alarming unanimity to their message: The world needs to wake up, and fast.” 

    Wired

  • One of the 2006 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
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