Elizabeth with the Inuit people. Jogn Keogak tells


Kolbert the author of the non-fiction book Field notes of a catastrophe
published her book in 2006 by Bloomsbury Publishing. The book is approximately
360 pages. Elizabeth Kolbert has spent 2 years traveling to many countries
gathering facts and enlightening us with potential and occurring disasters we
are currently facing with global warming, and what misfortunes our children and
their children will face if we continue to harm our environment. She travels to
over 6 countries and different cities and documents the effects of global
warming. Elizabeth interviews specialists and citizens from the different
countries she visits on her journeys as they can already tell and feel the
different changes in their area they live in. The effects of global warming can
be felt on every continent, in every country, by plants and animals alike says Kolbert. In the book,
you will be brought along with her journey on the different ways you can see
climate change and global warming around our world and how it affects some
countries so drastically.


Kolbert starts her journey off in Banks Island, Northwest Territories with the Inuit
people. Jogn Keogak tells Elezabeth he noticed the winters getting warmer but
never thought of it as a bad thing due to how cold winters are typically up
north, everyone thought it was a rather good thing. People in the city have
noticed this change when the roads were being wrecked by melting permafrost.

She also states the ice burgs will all melt by the end of 2080 and we may not
be able to live to see that but our children defiantly will. As she travels to
England she describes the butterfly population edging northwards. Butterflys,
mosquitoes, and birds have mutated where they have never been before. Where
maybe 25 years ago a certain butterfly breed in Europe is now appearing farther
north and started to breed in that new city. Elizabeth is trying to show the
readers that the climate is changing and due to those factors, it leads us with
having to deal with nature and living things changing as well. “We’ve got one planet and we are heading it in
a direction that, quite fundamentally, we don’t know what the consequences are
going to be,” says Chris Thomas of York University. “We are going to
burn everything up; we’re going to heat the atmosphere to the temperature it
was in the Cretaceous period, when there were crocodiles at the poles. And
everything will collapse,” he tells Kolbert. We can minimize global
warming by picking the right transportation. One of the biggest sources of
greenhouse gases comes from the use of transportation. If people choose to ride
their bikes, walk, or limit the number of cars they have and or car pool they
can reduce the amount of gas released.


warming is a serious and very important factor that is happening in our world
right in front of us and most of us cannot tell or know what it is. Elizabeth
Kolbert is trying to achieve her goal of spreading the news of what global
warming is and what we can do to stop it. Her book does a phenomenal job in explaining
in many different ways where and how we can see the change in effect in our
world today. The way this book was written was interesting because it seemed as
if we were with her on her 2-year journey of discovering climate change and issues
of it. Some weaknesses of this book were there were many parts that were irrelevant
and off topic. Kolbert would describe the form of education and degrees the
person she was interviewing had but then would talk about their early life as a
hockey player, or their ex-wife, which is useless information for readers.

Overall this book is an interesting read and teaches you more in depth about
global warming and climate change. I enjoyed the chapter of the butterflies
spreading more north because although they are so little it really shows what
kind of modifications climate change is doing for insects, animals, nature, and
people. I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in geography
or taking a geography course. It gives you a great grasp of what is happening
in our world and what we can do to make a difference in our environment.


            Global warming has grown to many of our concerns over the
last couple decades and to many countries around the world it is seen as a
threat. Following the journey of Elizabeth Kolbert and her educational story
leaves you with a great understanding of what is happening around us in the
environment. Kolbert showed me the different ways you can see global warming
happening and also taught me that it is impacting nature and smaller living things
that you would not think about. This book really wedged the way I see the world
now. I am more conscience with what products I buy, if they contain fumes that
can pollute the environment or if they are renewable. Also, the way you heat
your house or cool it in the summer is another aspect on how you can participate
in helping the environment. Using LED light bulbs or compact fluorescent are
small changes that can make our world better. Readers showed know that with our
population in the world today it will be hard to go back to the what our world
was 50 years ago. We do not have to change our lives drastically to make a huge
impact in our world. The damages we have done to our Earth can get better by being
more conscious and aware of what you are buying and using.