Field Notes From a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert

Subtitle: Man, Nature, and Climate Change

Published: 2006

Genre: science nonfiction

Length: 206 pages of story, 225 pages with bibliography and index

Interest: I put it on my reading list a long time ago and finally decided to read the book.

Summary: The author talks about global climate change. She starts with evidence of climate change, traveling to different parts of the world and talking to many scientists working in the field. She then moves on to discuss how climate change is affecting humans and how its predicted to have even more of an impact. Finally, she discusses what kinds of changes (and there are many) we need to make to minimize the impacts of climate change.

Final thoughts: I was not the target audience for this book. It’s a great introduction to climate change, providing many details on the causes and impacts of climate change. The thing is, I’ve done extensive research on the topic for lectures, so I didn’t learn too much. The unique part of the book was the discussions with the scientists and the different locations Kolbert visited. The sad thing is the book is only ten years old and it’s already feeling dated. The science changes so quickly in that field.

Title comes from: It’s descriptive of the subject

Reading challenges fulfilled: 31/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, and an F in my Alphabet Soup title challenge

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