As of late, we’ve been diving into a universe clearly unmoored from this present reality: on and on ensuring that this destructive pandemic will mysteriously disappear. Being alive nowadays implies persevering through an odd and maybe generally extraordinary feeling of claustrophobia, in case you’re focusing. The author Elizabeth Kolbert also thinks on the same lines and before her recent book ‘Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future,’ she also wrote on climate and the ongoing mass extinction. The hardships of nature and atmosphere have increased. It is like stuck into a well, the more you want to take secrets out the more you go deep into it.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert is an American journalist, author, and visiting fellow at Williams College. She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and as an observer and commentator on environmentalism for The New Yorker magazine.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert Review

Elizabeth’s new book discovers the Control of Nature. She writes that humans have changed the natural world. She also tracks the spiraling ridiculousness of human endeavors to control nature with innovation.

As she surveys climate-related discoveries, Kolbert describes barriers erected to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. After the carp were brought to America in 1963 to “keep aquatic weeds in check.” She also tells of the divers who conduct a yearly “census” on the Devil’s Hole pupfish, a threatened species surviving in a single pond in the Mojave Desert. Moreover, Kolbert notes the irony and ingenuity of humans battling natural processes to which they have contributed. The dams and levees along the Mississippi River, for instance, were “built to keep southern Louisiana dry” but have caused a massive “land-loss crisis” due to flooding elsewhere in the state. Her reporting style is skillful and takes you to different sets of mini-worlds. She describes ironies with pure melancholy through her words.

The negative emissions technologies and their devastation

Kolbert also explores the “negative emissions technologies” intended to fight off an unnatural weather change. The most eager plans intend to avoid solar heat by spraying reflective particles into the stratosphere, which may harm the ozone layer, cause droughts, and corrosive/acid rain. And it probably won’t work. Regardless of whether it does, it will be liable to alarmingly unavoidable losses. If 100,000 tons of sulfites should be scattered in the program’s first year, 10 years in it would take 1,000,000 tons to create a similar impact. Should the exertion at any point be intruded on, all the conceded warming would “suddenly manifest itself.”

Furthermore, Kolbert writes, “like opening a globe-sized oven door”. This, she suggests with deep ambivalence, maybe our only hope.

In conclusion

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future suggests honesty of nature. As Kolbert states, “people trying to solve problems created by people trying to solve problems.” And, as she signifies, “as is so often the case, solving one set of problems introduces new ones… big ones.” Sometimes “humongous ones.” Eventually, she leaves it to us to conclude whether we’re finding out about honorable undertakings or the errands of nitwits.


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