Elizabeth Kolbert

Staff writer at The New Yorker

Elizabeth Kolbert appears in the following:

Keeping the Wilderness Wild

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

President Johnson signed the Wilderness Protection Act to preserve a “glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning.” Has it worked?

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The Unrealized Dream of the 3-Hour Work Day

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Economist John Maynard Keynes once predicted that technological innovation would make the U.S. fantastically wealthy and everyone would enjoy far more leisure time. He was right about one part.

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Are We Causing the Next Mass Extinction?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vast changes in the ecosystem have caused five mass extinctions throughout history. The New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert argues that humans are causing the sixth.

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The Coming Sixth Extinction

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert, looks at the issue and at researchers working in the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef.


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Don't Mention It: Climate Change

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

With just over a month till voting day, talk of climate change is essentially absent from campaign rhetoric of both presidential candidates. Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker, explains why.

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Heat and Drought

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert documents this summer’s extreme climate changes—particularly heat and drought—and looks at their dire consequences.

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The Age of Man and Climate Change

Monday, February 21, 2011

Elizabeth Kolbert explains how climate change caused by humans—building cities, changing the land through agriculture and deforestation, and carbon emissions from cars and industry—has risen to the level of geologic significance. Her article “Enter the Anthropocene—Age of Man” looks at the “Anthropocene,” the new epoch defined by humans’ massive impact on the planet. It appears in National Geographic magazine’s March issue.

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The Death of Climate Change Legislation

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert looks at the political and environmental implications of the comprehensive energy and climate change legislation that died in the U.S. Senate last week.

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Legislative Leftovers: Cap and Trade

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Our two-part series, Legislative Leftovers continues today with a look at what remains to be done on the cap and trade climate change bill now that Congress in recess for the rest of August. We'll be joined by New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert and the Washington Post's environmental reporter Juliet ...

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The Sixth Extinction

Monday, May 18, 2009

Some biologists believe that we are now in the midst of what they call “the sixth extinction”—the sixth time in the history of the earth when a devastating mass extinction has occurred. New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert says that some estimate that half of all species may have disappeared by the end of this century. She joins The Takeaway to explain what may be causing this event, and what can be done to stop it.

For more, read an abstract of Elizabeth Kolbert's article, The Sixth Extinction? in The New Yorker. If you are a subscriber to the magazine, you can read the entire article.


Words from the Arctic and Antarctic

Monday, May 26, 2008

Elizabeth Kolbert co-edited a collection of the finest writing about the Arctic and Antarctic, The Ends of the Earth. The book honors four centuries of exploration and scientific study, and also is a reminder of what we risk losing because of climate change.


Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary Clinton

Monday, January 28, 2008

We look into why Hillary Clinton provokes such a passionate response from many people – both for her and against her. Susan Morrison is editor of the essay collection Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Reflections by Women Writers; Jane Kramer and Elizabeth Kolbert are two of the books' ...

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Where the Bees Are

Monday, August 06, 2007

Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at the New Yorker, and entomologist Jeff Pettis, research leader at the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Bee Research Lab, talk about the dwindling honeybee population.

Read Elizabeth Kolbert's article Stung: Where Have All the Bees Gone?

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