This is the place to begin for anyone interested in gaining a basic understanding of the devastating effects climate change is having on our planet and what the future looks like for us if we continue down the destructive path we've been on for centuries. Kolbert's updated edition remains as relevant and important today -- perhaps even more so -- as when first published in 2006. — Josh Cohen-Peyton
A new edition of the book that launched Elizabeth Kolbert's career as an environmental writer--updated with three new chapters, making it, yet again, "irreplaceable" (Boston Globe).
Elizabeth Kolbert's environmental classic Field Notes from a Catastrophe first developed out of a groundbreaking, National Magazine Award-winning three-part series in The New Yorker. She expanded it into a still-concise yet richly researched and damning book about climate change: a primer on the greatest challenge facing the world today.
But in the years since, the story has continued to develop; the situation has become more dire, even as our understanding grows. Now, Kolbert returns to the defining book of her career. She has added a chapter bringing things up-to-date on the existing text, plus three new chapters--on ocean acidification, the tar sands, and a Danish town that's gone carbon neutral--making it, again, a must-read for our moment.
“Among the few irreplaceable volumes yet written about climate change.” —Boston Globe
“If you have time this year for just one book on science, nature, or the environment, this should be it.” —San Diego Union-Tribune
“A perfect primer on global warming. It might be the most important book you read this year.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer