A Sugar Creek Chronicle Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern WoodlandMarch 15, 2016 By Elisabeth Kvernen Cornelia Mutel University of Iowa Press, 2016 Visit this title on the publisher's website » Listen to an interview with Cornelia Mutel on Iowa Public Radio » Writing coach Mary Nilsen analyzes Mutel’s writing in this 4-part series » In 2010, while editing a report on the effects of climate change in Iowa, ecologist Cornelia Mutel came to grips with the magnitude and urgency of the problem. She already knew the basics: greenhouse gas emissions and global average temperatures are rising on a trajectory that could, within decades, propel us beyond far-reaching, irreversible atmospheric changes; the results could devastate the environment that enables humans to thrive. The more details she learned, the more she felt compelled to address this emerging crisis. The result is this book, an artful weaving together of the science behind rising temperatures, tumultuous weather events, and a lifetime devoted to the natural world. Climate change isn’t just about melting Arctic ice and starving polar bears. It’s weakening the web of life in our own backyards. Like this post? Subscribe to have new posts sent to you by email the same day they are posted.