The last fifteen winters have included the five warmest on record. Reporter Elizabeth Kolbert traveled far from her home in Williamstown, Massachusetts to find out why. She went to the Netherlands, where houses in a new development can float when waters rise — and to Greenland, where the ice sheet covering that island is melting. What started as a three-part series on climate change for the New Yorker magazine became a book called Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change. Kolbert told us how she also traveled to small native community in Alaska. The author will be speaking at Amherst College on Wednesday, April 5th at 8:00 PM in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115 in Fayerweather Hall).