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Elizabeth Kolbert: Can human intervention save our natural world?

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Join us for a livestreamed event with New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert, to talk about her new book, Under a White Sky.

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Kolbert is best known for her 2014 book, The Sixth Extinction, which argued that we are in the grip of a mass extinction event, brought about by manmade climate change. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and was commended as “an exploration of nature that forces readers to consider the threat posed by human behaviour to a world of astonishing diversity.”

In Under a White Sky, she returns to our impact on the environment and this time asks: after doing so much damage, can we change nature to save it? She meets the biologists, engineers and researchers around the world who are attempting to avoid environmental destruction.

Al Gore has described Kolbert as “one of our best science writers” while Michiko Kakutani praises her ability to “write with elegiac poetry” about our vanishing natural world. Join her in conversation with the Guardian’s Jonathan Watts. She will also be answering your questions.

Running time: 60 minutes

If you live in the UK, you can purchase a ticket with a copy of Under a White Sky at checkout for the special combined price of £20 including postage and packing (RRP £18.99).*

This event will be hosted on a third-party live streaming platform BlueJeans, please refer to their privacy policy before purchasing a ticket to the event. After registering, you will receive a unique link in advance to access the event online.

If you require closed captions to be available on this event notify us on your booking form when making your purchase.

*Books will be dispatched on publication date, 9 February, 2021. Please note that in the current circumstances, some books may be delayed. If we experience any delay in getting your copy to you, we will contact you by email to let you know.

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