The reason that this book is so infuriating is the same reason it is so important. The fact that it was written over a decade ago, that all this research and definitive data has been out there and written about in such an accessible style for so long and yet nothing has changed, just drives me crazy.
It’s upsetting, of course. No one wants to read about the inevitable extinction of their species (except in apocalyptic fiction, I guess). True, Kolbert, an accomplished journalist, does supply a few rays of hope — of communities and nations who are taking the imminent end of the world seriously, despite the persistent lobbying of nefarious special interest groups — but for the most part, this book does nothing so much as demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that while the climate might change, people won’t.
Everyone should read this book. But those who most need to probably won’t do that, either.
TBR DAY 267: Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
GENRE: Popular Science
TIME ON THE TBR: 7 years.
PURCHASED FROM: Readings Carlton.
KEEP: No, because I will be giving it to those who need to read it very, very badly.