Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

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.
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.

Title:Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future
ISBN:9780593136270
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  • Olive Fellows (abookolive)

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  • Krista

    Suppose that the world — or just a small group of assertive nations — launched a fleet of SAILs (Stratospheric Aerosol Injection Lofters). And suppose that even as the SAILs are flying and loft...

  • Numidica

    Elizabeth Kolbert has written a book that tells us all the ways in which we are destroying the natural world which gave humans the chance to create civilization. That's not a flippant description. She...

  • Dana Berglund

    4.5 stars.It must be hard to be a science reporter in 2020. Finding the right balance between presenting the research, exploring the background, and trying to get your readers to care (or critique, or...

  • Brendan Monroe

    Have you ever watched any of those famous British documentary series on our planet? If you haven't, you absolutely should — they're phenomenal (how do they get that amazing footage??). Narrated by ...

  • jeremy

    in her first book since the pulitzer prize-winning the sixth extinction: an unnatural history, elizabeth kolbert delves once more into our anthropocenic epoch. under a white sky: the nature of the fut...

  • Bruce Katz

    Kolbert is one of the few science writers whose articles in The New Yorker I always read as soon as they appear, and I'm not a big science reader. Her last book, The Sixth Extinction, won a Pulitzer i...

  • Ivana

    Elizabeth Kolbert gives us a bird’s eye overview of many, many ways in which the man fucked up this planet in his hubristic philosophy that we, Homo sapiens, can control the nature and bend it to ou...

  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini

    I won an Advance Uncorrected Proof of Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert from Goodreads.In Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, author Elizabeth Kolbert delivers ...

  • Ryan

    At the heart of Elizabeth Kolbert's Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future readers will find a line from Stewart Brand: "We are as gods and might as well get used to it." He has since amended to ...