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THURSDAY

According to New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert, it took a distinguished panel at the National Academy of Sciences a grand total of five days to decide that “if carbon dioxide continues to increase…climate changes will result.” That was in 1979. Since then, she writes in her latest, Field Notes From a Catastrophe, “the National Academy of Sciences alone has produced nearly two hundred more studies on the subject.” It’s safe to say that we’ve been warned. Additionally, the physical proof has recently started to mount: Glaciers are melting, oceans are changing, animals are migrating toward the poles. And still, some folks don’t buy it. Google “global warming,” and the third hit—the one right below an EPA site that discusses the trend—is for an organization formed about six months before the drafting of the Kyoto Protocol, “to dispel the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis.” Way to go, humanity! But even for these folks, Kolbert’s book will be tough to argue with. It’s a measured, well-reported work, and it’s just plain terrifying. Be warned again when Kolbert reads from her book at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Mike Kanin)