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ONE OF THE SUNDAY TIMES 'BOOKS OF 2021'
'Important, necessary, urgent and phenomenally interesting' HELEN MACDONALD, New York Times
The author of the international bestseller The Sixth Extinction returns to humanity's transformative impact on the environment, now asking: after doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it?
Elizabeth Kolbert has become one of the most important writers on the environment. Now she investigates the immense challenges humanity faces as we scramble to reverse, in a matter of decades, the effects we've had on the atmosphere, the oceans, the world's forests and rivers - on the very topography of the globe.
In Under a White Sky, she takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Along the way, she meets biologists who are trying to preserve the world's rarest fish, which lives in a single tiny pool in the middle of the Mojave desert; engineers who are turning carbon emissions to stone in Iceland; Australian researchers who are trying to develop a 'super coral' that can survive on a hotter globe; and physicists who are contemplating shooting tiny diamonds into the stratosphere to cool the earth, changing the sky from blue to white.
One way to look at human civilisation, says Kolbert, is as a ten-thousand-year exercise in defying nature. In The Sixth Extinction, she explored the ways in which our capacity for destruction has reshaped the natural world. Now she examines how the very sorts of interventions that have imperilled our planet are increasingly seen as the only hope for its salvation. By turns inspiring, terrifying and darkly comic, Under a White Sky is an utterly original examination of the challenges we face.
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- Verlag: Random House
- Seitenzahl: 256
- Erscheinungstermin: 4. März 2021
- ISBN-13: 9781473560024
- Artikelnr.: 60128072
A superb and honest reflection of our extraordinary time. Nature
[Kolbert] has a marvelous eye for the quirky . . . and she wields figurative language in truly glorious ways. . . . Beautifully and insistently, Kolbert shows us that it is time to think radically about the ways we manage the environment; time to work with what we have, using the knowledge we have, with our eyes fully open to the realities of where we are. Helen Macdonald, The New York Times Book Review
Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert s beat is examining the impact of humans on the environment and she does it better than basically everyone. Lit Hub
What makes Under A White Sky so valuable and such a compelling read is Kolbert tells by showing. Without beating the reader over the head, she makes it clear how far we already are from a world of undisturbed, perfectly balanced nature and how far we must still go to find a new balance for the planet s future that still has us humans in it. NPR
From the Mojave to lava fields in Iceland, Kolbert takes readers on a globe-spanning journey to explore these projects while weighing their pros, cons, and ethical implications. Nation
An eye-opening and at times terrifying examination of just how far scientists have already gone in their attempts to re-engineer the planet. Gizmodo
If you like your apocalit with a side of humor, she will have you laughing while Rome burns. MIT Technology Review
Brilliantly executed and urgently necessary. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A master elucidator, Kolbert is gratifyingly direct as she assesses our predicament between a rock and a hard place, creating a clarion and invaluable book about people trying to solve problems created by people trying to solve problems. Booklist (starred review)
Every paragraph of Kolbert s books has a mountain of reading and reporting behind it . . . Urgent, absolutely necessary reading as a portrait of our devastated planet. Kirkus Reviews (starred
A tale not of magic-bullet remedies where maybe this time things will be different when we intervene in nature, but rather of deploying a panoply of strategies big and small in hopes that there is still time to make a difference and atone for our past. A sobering and realistic look at humankind s perhaps misplaced faith that technology can work with nature to produce a more livable planet. Library Journal (starred review)