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Under a White Sky by Elizabeth Kolbert

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Elizabeth Kolbert

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Imprint: The Bodley Head Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 4 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781847925442

Now she investigates the immense challenges humanity faces as we scramble to reverse, in a matter of decades, the effects we've had on the atmosphere, the oceans, the world's forests and rivers - on the very topography of the globe. In Under a White Sky, she takes a hard look at the new world we are creating.

4 stars out of 5
20 Feb 2021

"explor(es) the emergency interventions people are staging to save the biosphere, and ask(s) whether such interventions might do more harm than good"

Many of the characters Kolbert speaks to are conservationists whose zeal for the creatures in their care is inspiring, if a little quixotic. Take, for instance, the wardens of the Devils Hole pupfish, a tiny creature that lives in only one cave, in Death Valley, in a population that weighs less than a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish. This cave is threatened by seeping toxic waste, so the US Fish and Wildlife Service has built the pupfish an almost exact replica. Swimming about in this “fishy Westworld”, the pupfish are now a “Stockholm species”, dependent on people for their survival.