Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Elizabeth Kolbert: Bravo!

Does the fact that we are just now getting around to Field Notes from a Catastrophe mean that we're six seven! years behind on our reading? Yes, yes it does. But, in our defense, we've been keeping up with Ms. Kolbert in her New Yorker articles. Look at this recent list:

December 17, 2012
2012: Top Ten Signs of a Warming World

Dec 24, 2012
Recall of the Wild (This one is seriously fascinating, for you Rewilders out there.)

Dec 10, 2012
Paying for It

 Nov 12, 2012
Crossing the Line

October 29, 2012
Watching Sandy, Ignoring Climate Change

October 17, 2012
Climate Change, The Debate’s Great Unmentionable

September 28, 2012
Hotter than Paul Ryan
And that's just in the past few months! She's nothing if not tenacious, and she's so much more. She's smart, appropriately sentimental, and you have the sense that she's as frustrated as anyone else with a brain in their head about the political calculations that leave the fate of the planet in the balance. 
Her book, Field Notes, is, of course, by now a little out of date. The situation has gotten worse, much worse. But it remains a good primer in the topic, an easy read with summaries of relevant literature and an important history of the eight years we lost to GWB. (We're on year five with BHO, BTW, and it isn't getting much better.)

Thank you, Ms. Kolbert. And keep up the good work!

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