A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland

In 2010, while editing a report on the effects of climate change in Iowa, ecologist Cornelia Mutel came to grips with the magnitude and urgency of the problem She already knew the basics greenhouse gas emissions and global average temperatures are rising on a trajectory that could, within decades, propel us beyond far reaching, irreversible atmospheric changes the resulIn 2010, while editing a report on the effects of climate change in Iowa, ecologist Cornelia Mutel came to grips with the magnitude and urgency of the problem She already knew the basics greenhouse gas emissions and global average temperatures are rising on a trajectory that could, within decades, propel us beyond far reaching, irreversible atmospheric changes the results could devastate the environment that enables humans to thrive The details she learned, the she felt compelled to address this emerging crisis The result is this book, an artful weaving together of the science behind rising temperatures, tumultuous weather events, and a lifetime devoted to the natural world Climate change isn t just about melting Arctic ice and starving polar bears It s weakening the web of life in our own backyards Moving between two timelines, Mutel pairs chapters about a single year in her Iowa woodland with chapters about her life as a fledgling and then professional student of nature Stories of her childhood ramblings in Wisconsin and the solace she found in the Colorado mountains during early adulthood are merged with accounts of global environmental dilemmas that have redefined nature during her lifespan Interwoven chapters bring us into her woodland home to watch nature s cycles of life during a single year, 2012, when weather records were broken time and time again Throughout, in a straightforward manner for a concerned general audience, Mutel integrates information about the science of climate change and its dramatic alteration of the planet in ways that clarify its broad reach, profound impact, and seemingly relentless pace It is not too late, she informs us we can still prevent the most catastrophic changes We can preserve a world full of biodiversity, one that supports human lives as well as those of our myriad companions on this planet In the end, Mutel offers advice about steps we can all take to curb our own carbon emissions and strategies we can suggest to our policy makers.
A Sugar Creek Chronicle Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland In while editing a report on the effects of climate change in Iowa ecologist Cornelia Mutel came to grips with the magnitude and urgency of the problem She already knew the basics greenhouse ga

  • Title: A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland
  • Author: Cornelia F. Mutel
  • ISBN: 9781609383954
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland”

    1. An important, often beautiful, but also disturbing book about climate change. Beautifully written passages reflecting Mutel's passion for keen observation of the natural beauty of the landscape surrounding her home outside Iowa City alternate with observations of the effects of climate change on that landscape and deeply disturbing, scientifically based extrapolations of the long-term global effects if current trends continue. The disturbing effect is magnified by the juxtaposition of the two co [...]

    2. Connie Mutel has written a sort of "Silent Spring" for the climate change era. It is part memoir and part essay, which makes for easy and enjoyable reading. She goes through her life and gives details of how the world has literally changed in her backyard.Her backyard is a part of Iowa, my home state, that has not been turned under for corn and soybeans. She treats the land where she lives, and the creatures that inhabit it, as part of an extension of herself, so she cares about it as much as sh [...]

    3. Good book for making everyone think about environmental impact and climate change. Detailed descriptions of Mutel's experiences in the outdoors. Overly descriptive at times as I found myself skimming.

    4. A Sugar Creek Chronical: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland is unlike any available publication on climate change, as far as I’m aware! Yes, it provides the important information that allows us to comprehend why and how our climate has changed and is changing, but it is not a scientific treatise. Rather, Cornelia has carefully summarized the relevant data from both the natural and social sciences to present them to the reader in bite-sized, understandable pieces within the nar [...]

    5. A Sugar Creek Chronicle is a must read for anyone who truly values living on this earth and who values family and community. Cornelia (Connie) Mutel does an extraordinary job of explaining the factual evidence of why each of us should take climate change very seriously. She does this quite effectively by weaving in personal stories, memoirs that relate to the changes in the land that she has observed over time. Connie presents this information in a manner that is both understandable and enticing [...]

    6. This book deserves to be a best-seller, not just because of the artfulness of the construction and the writing but because of the immediacy of the problem Cornelia Mutel so powerfully lays before us.Disclaimer. The author of this book is a former student of mine--one of those students who you know, even as she works through assignments, is going to far surpass her teacher in both style and substance. First the substance: Mutel is a scientist in full command of the latest research on climate chan [...]

    7. This is a book that is probably largely appealing if you are both a lover of nonfiction nature books and from Iowa. In other words, this is really a niche market book, and you might have suspected that based only on the fact that it was published by a University Press. In any case, if you happen to fall into those two categories (and I have to say that I read very little nonfiction and I am not what I would call an attention to detail nature enthusiast and I liked the book), this is a nice short [...]

    8. I'm absolutely astonished by the author, Cornelia Mutal accomplishes with A Sugar Creek Chronicle. Climate change is a topic of profound interest to everyone. Ms Mutel clearly has an utterly solid scientific grip on the facts, and how we as a nation and planet have come to the current crisis, and what looms for us in the future if we do not take action soon. What is so compelling is Ms Mutel’s ability to weave the scientific facts in with her own history, while interspersing it with absolutely [...]

    9. Books like this are so important , especially today, with the clock ticking on human & climate change. We can all do something; I read this because in MA. we are battling fracked gas pipelines ( and making good progress). As a state MA is strongly supporting solar, and we have an excellent loan program. WE all need to observe, and then work in any ways, in all ways we can, from writing and praying, to jumping in the ditches, to know what we have to loose, and loose so completely.

    10. If you are looking for a personal perspective on climate change, this book will give you that. For parents and grandparents who care about the effects of climate change on future generations, this insightful close-up reflection will inspire thoughts of taking small (and perhaps large) steps to stem the impact of environmental thoughtlessness.

    11. Connie Mutel does a lovely job at making climate change accessible to those who are not scientists and don't want to read a bunch of science jargon. I love this book and I had the pleasure of meeting Connie and hearing her stories associated with the writing and thought process of this book. Cheers to Connie.

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