Onlangs het boek Four winds van Kristin Hannah uitgelezen. Een tragische omschrijving van een familie die leeft ten tijden van de grote droogte in de VS van de jaren 30. Extra tragisch omdat deze uiteindelijk grotendeels veroorzaakt werd door intensieve landbouw, waarbij niet genoeg kennis was van het nieuwe land. Aanrader.

The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah
Gepubliceerd 2021-01-27 • 454 pagina's

Texas, 1934. Elsa Martinelli had finally found the life she'd yearned for. A family, a home and a livelihood on a farm on the Great Plains. But when drought threatens all she and her community hold dear, Elsa's world is shattered to the winds. Fearful of the future, when Elsa wakes to find her husband has fled, she is forced to make the most…

  • Fiction

Dust Bowl
1930s period of severe dust storms in North America

The Dust Bowl was the result of a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930s. The phenomenon was caused by a combination of natural factors and human-made factors: a failure to apply dryland farming meth…

Ben nu verder met Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? van Bill McKibben. Was hier al eerder aan begonnen, maar dat is zo'n boek wat je niet te lang achter elkaar moet lezen, hoewel vlot geschreven, het is geen vrolijk werkje.

Some people hope that world problems will be solved by advanced new technologies, especially artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, along with devices geared to expanding our life spans and allowing us to colonize space. Considering each such technology in turn, McKibben explains his skepticism about its hoped-for benefits, and his concerns about potential undesirable side effects.

Het derde en laatste deel zou hoopgevend zijn, aldus deze review van de NY Times. Laten we het hopen.

Falter - Bill McKibben
Gepubliceerd 2019-04-16 • 304 pagina's

'This is Bill McKibben at his glorious best. Wise and warning, with everything on the line. Do not miss it' Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine Thirty years ago, Bill McKibben wrote The End of Nature, the first book that alerted us to the dangers of climate change. Falter is a new call to arms, to save not o…

  • Civilization