Elizabeth Kolbert

Staff writer at The New Yorker

Elizabeth Kolbert appears in the following:

A Climate Change?

Monday, September 23, 2019

In “A Climate Change?,” Elizabeth Kolbert writes about climate change and the new age of extinction.

Last Chances

Monday, May 13, 2019

People easily forget “last of” stories about individual species, but the loss of nature also threatens our existence.

Coal for Christmas

Monday, December 10, 2018

As negotiators from around the world gathered in Poland to discuss how to lower carbon emissions, the Trump Administration unveiled two schemes promoting fossil fuels.

Global Warning

Monday, October 15, 2018

The U.N.’s scientific advisory board sounds a piercing alarm on climate change, but the President doesn’t seem to hear it.

Fire Alarm

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Against an infernal backdrop of widespread wildfires, the Administration announced its plan to roll back rules limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants.

Elizabeth Kolbert on the Myth of Racial Difference

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Elizabeth Kolbert explores the myth of racial difference and the truth about how genetically similar humans actually are.

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Slash and Burn

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

In "Slash and Burn," Elizabeth Kolbert writes about the damage done by Trump's Department of the Interior.

Coming Storms

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

In the leadup to the historic flood, Texas Republicans abetted Trump’s climate-change delusions.

The Future of Climate Change Under a New Administration

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

"New Yorker" staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert and Chris Mooney, energy and environmental reporter at "The Washington Post" discuss climate change under the Trump Administration.

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Miami's Coastline, and Population, Might Vanish

Monday, December 21, 2015

Elizabeth Kolbert discusses her latest story about the regular flooding in Miami caused by rising sea levels that could drastically change the city's coastline, and population. 

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Elizabeth Kolbert on the Paris Climate Talks

Friday, November 13, 2015

When the U.N. Conference on Climate Change convenes later this month, countries with different priorities and forms of government will attempt to agree on how to address global warming.

Saving the World With Zero Authority

Monday, August 24, 2015

Elizabeth Kolbert discusses her latest profile for The New Yorker: Christiana Figueres, who tries to dissuade oil-rich countries from exporting dirty fossil fuels.

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The Sixth Mass Extinction is Here

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

According to new research, a "mass extinction"—the sixth of its kind in Earth's 4.5 billion year history—is currently underway. 


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 N...

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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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