Under a White Sky by Elizabeth Kolbert audiobook

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

By Elizabeth Kolbert
Read by Rebecca Lowman

Simon & Schuster Audio 9780593136270
6.36 Hours 1
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Sixth Extinction and Field Notes from a Catastrophe returns to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment in Under a White Sky. That man should have dominion “over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” is a prophecy that has hardened into fact. So pervasive are human impacts on the planet that it’s said we live in a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. The question we now face is: Can we change nature, this time in order to save it? Elizabeth Kolbert, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sixth Extinction, takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Along the way, she meets scientists 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. One way to look at human civilization, 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 imperiled 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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#1 Amazon bestseller

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Sixth Extinction and Field Notes from a Catastrophe returns to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment in Under a White Sky.

That man should have dominion “over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” is a prophecy that has hardened into fact. So pervasive are human impacts on the planet that it’s said we live in a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. The question we now face is: Can we change nature, this time in order to save it?

Elizabeth Kolbert, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sixth Extinction, takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Along the way, she meets scientists 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.

One way to look at human civilization, 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 imperiled 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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)
“Narrator Rebecca Lowman is an excellent choice for Kolbert’s report on the future of our environment. Lowman narrates clearly, enunciates precisely, and provides a sense of immediacy while bringing energy and intelligence to the task. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
Narrator Rebecca Lowman is an excellent choice for Kolbert's report on the future of our environment. Lowman narrates clearly, enunciates precisely, and provides a sense of immediacy while bringing energy and intelligence to the task. The work looks at the sinking of New Orleans, carbon capture in Iceland, invasive carp on the Mississippi River, geo-engineering, and more. Kolbert, a Pulitzer prize winner, is both an engaged writer and a thoughtful witness to the daunting challenges ahead. She is also a fine storyteller. The existential challenges of the heating of the planet and the often quirky fixes that are being proposed—from using nano-diamond aerosols in the sky to planting billions of trees—are scrutinized and weighed. Science writing has never been more important, and Kolbert's audiobook deserves a wide audience."
“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 review)
“A master elucidator, Kolbert is gratifyingly direct as she assesses our predicament between a rock and a hard place.” Booklist (starred review)
“A darkly comic tale of human hubris and imagination that could either end in flames or in a new vision of Paradise.” Rolling Stone
“Brilliantly executed and urgently necessary.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A superb and honest reflection of our extraordinary time.” Nature

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Author Bio: Elizabeth Kolbert

Author Bio: Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert is a journalist and author best known for her New York Times bestseller The Sixth Extinction. She received the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine writing award for the New Yorker series on which this book is based. A former New York Times reporter, she is now well known as an observer and commentator on environmentalism for the New Yorker.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 6.36
Audience: Adult
Language: English