Among Elizabeth Kolbert’s considerable gifts as a writer is her ability to find and thread various stories into a large and persuasive narrative, all in the service of helping the reader understand our environment and the threats posed by climate change.

A staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999, Kolbert won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015 for The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, which explores the relevance of previous mass extinctions of animal and plant species to our plight today.