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Kolbert, Elizabeth
Field notes from a catastrophe : man, nature, and climate change / Elizabeth Kolbert
Updated pbk. ed
New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2009
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QC981.8.G56 K655 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Global warming
Global temperature changes
Global environmental change
Physical Description 225 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm
Note "With a new afterword by the author"--Cover
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-216) and index
Contents Shishmaref, Alaska -- A warmer sky -- Under the glacier -- The butterfly and the toad -- The curse of Akkad -- Floating houses -- Business as usual -- The day after Kyoto -- Burlington, Vermont -- Man in the Anthropocene
Summary New Yorker writer Kolbert tackles the controversial subject of global warming. 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 course, now is the moment to salvage our future. By the end of the century, the world will likely be hotter than it's been 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. Kolbert approaches this monumental problem from every angle. She travels to the Arctic, interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science and the studies, draws frightening parallels to lost ancient civilizations, 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 are watching their worlds disappear.--From publisher description

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