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  • Pub Date : March 2022
  • Author : Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Language : English
  • Binding Type : Paperback
  • ISBN : 9781784709167
  • MRP : 599

In Under a White Sky, she 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 desert; 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, changing the sky from blue to white.

One way to look at human civilisation, 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 imperilled our planet are increasingly seen as
the only hope for its salvation. By turns inspiring,
terrifying and darkly comic, Under a White Sky is an
utterly original examination of the challenges we face.


Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. She has also been awarded two National Magazine Awards for her writing at The New Yorker, where she has been a staff writer since 1999, and the Blake-Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and childre

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