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December 20, 2006



I haven't read Field Notes from a Catastrophe but I've found Elizabeth Kolbert's New Yorker articles on global warming to be great reads, and deeply alarming. I saved each of those issues with her stories to pass on to friends.

In one of those articles (and, I wonder, in her book?)she explains the idea of the climate "flipping" like a canoe in water. It rocks and rocks as it's hit by waves (of change) and continues to right itself. Until the moment it doesn't; then it inalterably flips. That position becomes the norm, and it rocks and rocks from there.

I think I really "got it" (in all its hair-raising implication) after reading that.

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