David Remnick and Henry Finder have gathered an insightful collection of The New Yorker’s most integral reporting on climate change, from years past to present and, of course, years to come in The Fragile Earth.
Climate change was first introduced to the wide public in1988 when Climatologist, James Hansen, discovered and reported the alarming reality that our planet Earth had become warmer than ever before in recorded history. Ever since this awakening, there’s been countless controversies over the legitimacy of climate change, or “global warming,” and whether it is fact or fiction. As the years have progressed, this reality has become harder to refute. Rather than argue it’s presence or lack thereof, it’s more important now for climatologists, and everyday citizens alike, to determine what to do about climate change.
When it seems as though our societal and technical progress has dug a hopeless pit for our future, how do we implement changes to help our planet, and in turn our future generations, without sacrificing our advancements? The compiled writings from Elizabeth Kolbert, Ian Frazier, Kathryn Schulz, Eric Klinenberg, as well as Bill McKibben’s famous essay “The End of Nature,” address these uncertainties by proclaiming, again, the facts of climate change that we’ve uncovered over the past thirty-two years from all over the globe.
When gearing up for changes in the future, we must look back at our mistakes of the past and our compromises of the present. The Fragile Earth is just the collection to make this impact on climate change, our world, and our generations to come.