OBLONG ONLINE: Elizabeth Kolbert in conversation with WAMC's Joe Donahue: "Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future"

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 7:00pm
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After doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it? Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert, will talk with WAMC Radio's Joe Donahue about her return to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment in her new book Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Elizabeth KolbertUnder a White Sky, Elizabeth KolbertJoe Donahue

In Under a White Sky, Elizabeth Kolbert 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; 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. 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 imperiled our planet are increasingly seen as the only hope for its salvation.

Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. For her work at The New Yorker, where she’s a staff writer, she has received two National Magazine Awards and the Blake-Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.


The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250062185
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - January 6th, 2015

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620409886
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 3rd, 2015

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