Sunday, August 06, 2006

Field Notes from a Catastrophe


Field Notes from a Catastrophe
By Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert is more uniquely qualified to write a book such as “Field Notes from a Catastrophe”. She works for the New Yorker as a climate reporter and has access to many researchers and politicians involved in climate research and policy. Far from the alarmist literature one finds dominating the global warming genre Field Notes takes a measured studied look at the problem through the eyes of individuals on the cutting edge of the . The book is aptly named for she has drawn material from notes she has made while interviewing researchers all over he world, form Inuit hunters to James Hanson the director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The book lays the problem and possible solutions out in simple terms making it a primer on global warming and its implication for the public at large. Field Notes, beyond being an enjoyable book, echoes the alarm set off by the scientific community and offers some potential solutions to hold off or dull the effects of global warming through interviews various experts.

5 Comments:

At 3:32 PM, Blogger LifePath11 said...

Good Day Phos!
I did a little research on the book...sounds very interesting and worthwhile. I know how many of you hate Gore...he doesn't come across as a very likeable personality, but I believe a lot of that has to do with the twisted press....another timely subject! The reason I bring up the name of Gore again though is that I think he is the only politian around who has the guts to speak up on the issue of global warming and the possible disasters which could befall the future generations. What are we teaching our own offspring? I grew up in a time when it was a crime to toss trash out on the road.....now it seems that most give no thought to it whatsoever. Look in parking lots of the shopping malls and you can find piles of cigarette butts emptied out of ashtrays. Little things I know, but then just think about the really big important things that people just ignore. It seems that a lot of people are just concerned about "me" and not thinking about the big picture in it all. Bad manners, self-centered, rude....whatever it is, it is a sad face to put on humankind. I would love to see the likes of a politian like Sen. Proxmire again....the one who started Earth Day. Does anyone remember that?

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

There's probably more litter because they quit running the "Chief Iron Eyes" commercial. Hadn't thoguh about Proxmire in a long time. From him to Herb Kohl, the long slide down the slippery slope. Gaylord Nelson is the one Wisconisn Senator that deserves a nod, he started Earth Day.

I mean to read Gore's latest book, but I'll borrow it from the library - I refuse to put any coin in his pocket.

It was surprising to find out that Puffy McCain actually sponsored the Climate Stewardship Act.

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger LifePath11 said...

Opps...sorry Phos, you are absolutely correct about Gaylord Nelson....where the heck did I get Proxmire from??? He was the one that thought hair plugs would make him more popular!!

I don't think that McCain is all totally bad really....at least no worse than some. By Puffy do you mean a bit of an air bag or as in full of himself? ;-)

My ex-Mother-in-Law..I divorced the ex not her!...always said that after 5 years in politics (meaning the politians, of course!) they are all corrupt. That statement I think is all the more true as time goes on...more likely 3 years out.

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

LP11: His face, look at McCain’s face (in candid shots) and tell me if he doesn’t look like he could have fathered the Staypuffed Marshmallow man.

 
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