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Author: Elizabeth Kolbert Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508255277

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The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sixth Extinction returns to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment, now asking: After doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it?

That man should have dominion “over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” is a prophecy that has hardened into fact. So pervasive are human impacts on the planet that it’s said we live in a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.

In Under a White Sky, Elizabeth Kolbert takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. She meets scientists who are trying to preserve the world’s rarest fish, which lives in a single, tiny pool in the middle of the Mojave. She visits a lava field in Iceland, where engineers are turning carbon emissions to stone; an aquarium in Australia, where researchers are trying to develop “super coral” that can survive on a hotter globe; and a lab at Harvard, where physicists are contemplating shooting tiny diamonds into the stratosphere in order to reflect sunlight back to space and cool the earth.

One way to look at human civilization, says Kolbert, is as a ten-thousand-year exercise in defying nature. In The Sixth Extinction, she explored the ways in which our capacity for destruction has reshaped the natural world. Now she examines how the very sorts of interventions that have imperiled our planet are increasingly seen as the only hope for its salvation. By turns inspiring, terrifying, and darkly comic, Under a White Sky is an utterly original examination of the challenges we face.

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  • “A superb and honest reflection of our extraordinary time.”

    - Nature
  • “A darkly comic tale of human hubris and imagination that could either end in flames or in a new vision of Paradise.”

    - Rolling Stone
  • “Narrator Rebecca Lowman is an excellent choice for Kolbert’s report on the future of our environment. Lowman narrates clearly, enunciates precisely, and provides a sense of immediacy while bringing energy and intelligence to the task. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “Brilliantly executed and urgently necessary.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “A master elucidator, Kolbert is gratifyingly direct as she assesses our predicament between a rock and a hard place.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “Every paragraph of Kolbert’s books has a mountain of reading and reporting behind it…Urgent, absolutely necessary reading as a portrait of our devastated planet.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “A sobering and realistic look at humankind’s perhaps misplaced faith that technology can work with nature to produce a more livable planet.”

    - Library Journal (starred review)


  • #1 Amazon bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I am giving it 2-stars because we need to talk about these topics. But honestly, journalist dramatist pseudo-scientific again! It works with most liberal-left learning people, but this is the type of writing that upset the other half of the political sphere. "

    - monsegu, 8/4/2021

About the Author

Elizabeth Kolbert is a journalist and author best known for her New York Times bestseller The Sixth Extinction. She received the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine writing award for the New Yorker series on which this book is based. A former New York Times reporter, she is now well known as an observer and commentator on environmentalism for the New Yorker.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won numerous Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.