A Response to Field Notes from a Catastrophe

551 WordsJan 30, 20182 Pages
The debate is over. Yes, Earth’s climate has always fluctuated and drastically variable eras of weather is far from an unusual notion, but it is the unprecedented pace at which it is all currently occurring that is of most potent concern. Even the dastardly right-wingers, who’ve tactically denied climate change for so long, have joined an overwhelming scientific consensus about anthropogenic atmospheric deterioration. Data from the past century has revealed blatant indications of natural systems breaking down; i.e.: the oceans, used by Earth as a primary mechanism in cleansing atmosphere of CO2 and seemingly slight temperature shifts are ensuing extreme consequence. For "Field Notes From a Catastrophe," Elizabeth Kolbert journeys to Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, Yorkshire, Oregon—amongst other places—introducing her readers to a slew of individuals either studying or simply experiencing, aspects of global warming. Kolbert’s approach involves detailed discussion of excursions with scientists specializing in specific ecological declines with thorough introduction of each authority’s title, which to many will (hopefully!) authenticate their point of view and/or legitimatizing their findings. She also took the time to paint proper pictures of each setting in question, further enticing an audience to first relate personally before dropping any appropriate hideous truths to be told. In Iceland, for instance, Kolbert encountered ice sheet advance and retreat where glaciers
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