StateImpact Pennsylvania, WITF and Midtown Scholar Bookstore invite you to a free virtual discussion with author Elizabeth Kolbert on her new book, Under a white sky: the nature of the future. The event is Monday, May 24 at 6 p.m.
Join the conversation with Kolbert and StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Rachel McDevitt. Learn more and RSVP here.
About the book:
According to the editor, Under a white sky takes a critical look at human impacts on the planet during what is unofficially known as a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. Along the way, Kolbert meets biologists who are trying to preserve the world’s rarest fish, which live in a single small pool in the middle of the Mojave; engineers who turn carbon emissions into stone in Iceland; Australian researchers who are trying to develop a “super coral” capable of surviving on a hotter globe; and physicists who plan to shoot tiny diamonds into the stratosphere to cool the earth.
One way of looking at human civilization, says Kolbert, is a 10,000-year exercise in challenging 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 types of interventions that have put our planet in jeopardy are increasingly seen as the only hope for her salvation.
About the Author:
Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of Disaster Field Notes: 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 is an editor, she received two National Magazine Awards and the Blake-Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.