Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999. She is the author of  The Prophet of Love: And Other Tales of Power and Deceit”; “Field Notes from a Catastrophe,” which is now available in paperback; and “The Sixth Extinction,” for which she won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

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Friday, May 06, 2016
Fort McMurray and the Fires of Climate Change
The town of Fort McMurray, some four hundred miles north of Calgary, in Canada, grew up very quickly on both sides of the Athabasca River. During the nineteen-seventies, the population of the town tripled, and since then it has nearly tripled again. All this growth has been fuelled by a single...
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Monday, October 29, 2012
Watching Sandy, Ignoring Climate Change
A couple of weeks ago, Munich Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurance firms, issued a study titled “Severe Weather in North America.” According to the press release that accompanied the report, “Nowhere in the world is the rising number of natural catastrophes more evident than in North America...
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Monday, May 17, 2010
The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact
The Holocene - or "wholly recent" epoch - is what geologists call the 11,000 years or so since the end of the last ice age. As epochs go, the Holocene is barely out of diapers; its immediate predecessor, the Pleistocene, lasted more than two million years, while many earlier epochs, like the Eocene, went on for more than 20 million years. Still, the Holocene may be done for.
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