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Under a White Sky Asks if We Can Fix Nature—or if We Even Should

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Under a White Sky Asks if We Can Fix Nature—or if We Even Should

Photo: The sun sets behind burnt trees of the Amazon rainforest, south of Porto Velho on Aug. 27, 2019. Photo: Carl De Souza / AFP Getty Images. Article by Amy Brady. Gizmodo, Earther – February 3, 2021.

In her 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert explored how humanity has driven scores of species to extinction. In her new follow-up, Under a White Sky, the journalist seeks solutions to the havoc we’ve wrought.

Kolbert meets with scientists, engineers, and other experts around the world to discuss their plans to counteract ecological destruction caused by human development, pollution, and climate change. The book is an eye-opening—and at times terrifying—examination of just how far scientists have already gone in their attempts to re-engineer the planet. […]

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