Read: Under A White Sky

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take a carbon-free walk to your local bookseller and get yourself a copy of Elizabeth Kolbert's "Under a White Sky."
Kolbert brings it again.

What is this new world we are building and why on Earth do we keep defying nature? If these questions keep you up at night take a carbon-free walk to your local bookseller and get yourself a copy of Elizabeth Kolbert’s “Under a White Sky.” The book’s subtitle “The Nature of the Future,” is a key aspect here and also an endlessly fascinating look at both sensible, short term ideas paired with what feels like End Time plans. In other words, imagine looking at our leaders and saying “Well, I guess we have to try THIS now.”

Man’s impact on the planet is undeniable. Even by those “leaders” with extreme amnesia and ninety-degree radical, political bend.

But what has become deniable is science itself, at least for many of these same leaders. Science isn’t convenient. Science is your know-it-all friend who refused to let you cheat off her in the physics final. Science doesn’t play well to undereducated audiences who care more about American Idol than invasive species, melting polar caps and carbon emissions. If only we could make data sexy and give it a clothing line.

Kolbert won the Pulitzer for “The Sixth Extinction,” a wonderful book about potentially horrible things. She writes wonderfully, mixing first-person story with journalistic coverage of her subjects and assignments. This is a book that ended too soon. A metaphor? Let’s hope not. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, both of these books actually, and recommend them for anyone wanting to know more.

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  1. Hi sent this as an email as well.
    Has to do with the new site.

    I have adressed this previously and I am now considering making a copy of your site reverse indexed … (wonderful piece about journaling) used to be number 1000 and before that 995 ….

    And before the redesign of the site had a shareable link – now every page gets a new url every time you post a new item – I cannot share any links to your content anymore and I cannot revisot any of it.

    This might be a choice, if so please explain I do not understand !?

    or it is a technical quirk that has a workaround I hope .

    I really would like to share info about your Albania workshops, journaling, blurb stuff, interviews and so on – but the links are unstable as they change with every new post.
    Its quite uniquie and the only site I now that does this.

    So – dear Daniel – talk to your tech guys and fix it – please I beg you!

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