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
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