Elizabeth Kolbert, "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change" 

Where:    Cary Hall
When:      Sunday, May 21, 7:30 PM, Free


Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert will speak about her new book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1999. Prior to that she was a reporter for The New York Times. She received the American Association for the Advancement of Science's magazine writing award for the New Yorker series on which her new book is based.

Ms. Kolbert's three-part series about global warming last year in the New Yorker alerted many to the enormous problem our planet is facing due to climate change. Her new book, “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change” deserves serious attention, not only as a handbook of facts about climate and geography, but also for its keen interest in what real people are experiencing, right now. Discussing global climate patterns which are exacerbating weather changes worldwide, Ms. Kolbert explains how human-induced global warming will likely have dire consequences. In the Netherlands, Kolbert explains, construction is under way on buoyant roads and amphibious homes. In Alaska, as myopic politicans insist on drilling for the last drop of oil, climate change is forcing people to leave their homes and, as Kolbert explains, their ways of life.

This will affect us all, as conflict over basic needs could soon turn the United States into fully guarded zones, with security personnel staving off millions of migrants from flooded regions. Yet, as Kolbert also notes, the United States is the largest emitter of carbon in the world. Thus, the U.S. population has substantial responsibility for the migrations to come.

The talk will be held in Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, on Sunday, May 21, at 7:30 PM. GWAC is pleased that Sustainable Belmont is cosponsoring this talk. Admission is free.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe is available at Sundial Books, 1666 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, at the discounted price of $18.00 including tax.  They will be for sale at Cary Hall on May 21 and Ms. Kolbert will be signing them after her talk.

A recent Grist Magazine interview with Elizabeth Kolbert can be found here.

A New Yorker magazine interview with Elizabeth Kolbert by Amy Davidson at can be found here.

Three of Elizabeth Kolbert's New Yorker articles can be found here. (article 1 article 2 article 3)