Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author, most recently, of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.
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'll add a chapter bringing things up-to-date on the existing text, plus she'll add 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." —Bill McKibben, 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
A new edition of the book that launched Elizabeth Kolbert's career as an environmental writer—updated with three new chapters and timed to publish with the paperback of her bestselling The Sixth Extinction.