Alan Weisman is the author of The World Without Us and Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
 (August 2019)

IN THE REVIEW

Burning Down the House

Richard Misrach: Untitled, 2007

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

by David Wallace-Wells

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

by Bill McKibben
I’m not the only writer to wonder whether books are still an appropriate medium to convey the frightening speed of environmental upheaval. But the environment is infinitely intricate, and mere articles—much less daily newsfeeds or Twitter—can barely scratch the surface of environmental issues, let alone explore the extent of their consequences. Ecology, after all, is about how everything connects to everything else. Something so complex and crucial still requires books to attempt to explain it.