Elizabeth Kolbert
Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999. Previously, she worked at the Times, where she wrote the Metro Matters column and served as the paper’s Albany bureau chief. Her three-part series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” won the 2006 National Magazine Award for Public Interest. In 2010, she received the National Magazine Award for Reviews and Criticism. She is the editor of “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009” and the author of “The Prophet of Love: And Other Tales of Power and Deceit,” “Field Notes from a Catastrophe,” and “The Sixth Extinction,” for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2015. She received the Blake-Dodd Prize, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in 2017. Her latest book is “Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future.”
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Daily Comment
After Hurricane Ida, How Much Longer Can New Orleans’s New Levees Hold?
The city may be better protected today than it was before Katrina, but with every day that passes the protection is waning.
By Elizabeth KolbertAugust 30, 2021
CommentAugust 23, 2021 Issue
The U.N.’s Terrifying Climate Report
Scientists predict hotter heat waves and worse flooding in the decades ahead, but the catastrophe is evident everywhere this summer.
By Elizabeth KolbertAugust 15, 2021
The Control of NatureAugust 16, 2021 Issue
The Lost Canyon Under Lake Powell
Drought is shrinking one of the country’s largest reservoirs, revealing a hidden Eden.
By Elizabeth KolbertAugust 9, 2021
BooksJune 21, 2021 Issue
The Deep Sea Is Filled with Treasure, but It Comes at a Price
We’ve barely explored the darkest realm of the ocean. With rare-metal mining on the rise, we’re already destroying it.
By Elizabeth KolbertJune 14, 2021
Daily Comment
Why Bitcoin Is Bad for the Environment
Cryptocurrency mining uses huge amounts of power—and can be as destructive as the real thing.
By Elizabeth KolbertApril 22, 2021
CommentApril 12, 2021 Issue
Biden’s Jobs Plan Is Also a Climate Plan. Will It Make a Difference?
The Administration has an ambitious vision for combatting global warming, but it’s only a start.
By Elizabeth KolbertApril 4, 2021
BooksMarch 15, 2021 Issue
How Much of Your Stuff Belongs to Big Tech?
In the digital era, the old rule book on ownership doesn’t work anymore. But beware of what’s replacing it.
By Elizabeth KolbertMarch 8, 2021
CommentFebruary 8, 2021 Issue
A New Day for the Climate
It remains to be seen whether Joe Biden’s sweeping climate directives can make a meaningful difference, but a critical threshold has been crossed.
By Elizabeth KolbertJanuary 31, 2021
BooksJanuary 25, 2021 Issue
Have We Already Been Visited by Aliens?
An eminent astrophysicist argues that signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life have appeared in our skies. What’s the evidence for his extraordinary claim?
By Elizabeth KolbertJanuary 18, 2021
The Control of NatureJanuary 18, 2021 Issue
CRISPR and the Splice to Survive
New gene-editing technology could be used to save species from extinction—or to eliminate them.
By Elizabeth KolbertJanuary 11, 2021
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