Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Haley Reading Group: :Into the Maelstrom
[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2015)]
By Rae'Jean Spears
“Traditionally researchers have attributed the rapid Artic warming to local drivers such as the loss of ice and snow. In other words, the Artic is generally seen as the victim, not the perpetrator” (157). Eli Kintisch, author of “Into the Maelstrom,” states this in explaining the overall message of the piece: how Jennifer Francis’ research on climate change is different than all scientists who have come before her.
This quotation is interesting because nature is usually never blamed for Earth’s conditions, especially things such as global warming. For Jennifer Francis to be such a young scientist, she is challenging how esteemed scientists have done things for centuries.
After reading Kintisch’s article, what’s an uncommon assertion that scientist Jennifer Francis made? In what way was it different from things you have previously heard in your science classes? Please provide a page citation.