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2007 Theme: GLOBAL WARMING, Science & Society

Photo: Rebecca Bolte


In the spring of 2005 the New Yorker ran a three-part series on global warming that was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences' magazine writing award and later went on to win the 2006 National Academy of Sciences Communication Award in the newspaper/magazine category. In 2006 the series, "The Climate of Man," was collected and expanded into a book: Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. Its author, Elizabeth Kolbert, has made a name for herself as the non-scientist who knows a thing or two about climate change.

Kolbert was a reporter for the New York Times for fourteen years before becoming a staff writer covering science and politics for the New Yorker in 1999. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Mother Jones, and have been collected in anthologies devoted to political, science, and nature writing.

Kolbert's passion for reporting and her attention to detail are especially evident in Field Notes, the research for which took her on expeditions to Iceland, Alaska, and Greenland with some of the world's top climate scientists. The result of her exhaustive research is a highly-readable account of the effects of global warming on the earth today.

The author lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons.

Interviews with Elizabeth Kolbert

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