Jonathan Mingle is a 2020 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and a former Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism. He is the author of Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity, and Survival on the Roof of the World. (May 2020)

IN THE REVIEW

A World Without Ice

Gerhard Richter: Iceberg in Mist, 1982; from ‘Gerhard Richter: Painting After All,’ an exhibition at the Met Breuer. For more on the exhibition, see Susan Tallman’s essay on pages 4–8 of this issue.

The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future

by Jon Gertner

IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
There is a house-sized boulder in the woods near where I live. I can see it through my window, perched at the top of a steep slope. It seems as though it were set there by a giant’s hand; in a sense, it was. The great rock was deposited by …

Our Lethal Air

Smog in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India, January 2019

The Invisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution—and How We Can Fight Back

by Gary Fuller

Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution

by Beth Gardiner
Nearly half a century after the Clean Air Act instituted the world’s most stringent emissions controls, the problem of air pollution is far from being solved in the US or anywhere else. Pollution has proved much more persistent, and exposure to it much more damaging, than anyone expected. Today, 91 percent of people worldwide live in areas where air pollution levels exceed the World Health Organization’s recommended limits. The result is a global health emergency, as three new books reveal in sobering detail.

NYR DAILY

Pandemic Journal

A man wearing a face mask walks by a mural depicting Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, May 13, 2020

The latest edition of our brief dispatches by New York Review writers documenting the coronavirus outbreak around the world, including Coco Fusco in Brooklyn, Lucas Adams in Brooklyn, Sara Nović in Philadelphia, Gavin Francis in Edinburgh, Amanda Fortini in Livingston, Jeet Thayil in Bangalore, Stuart Lewis in Brooklyn, Nellie Hermann in Wellfleet, Carina del Valle Schorske in Manhattan, Jonathan Mingle in Lincoln, Reed Lindsay in Havana, Miranda Popkey in Watertown, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro on Fire Island, Dan Chiasson in Wellesley, and more.