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An unlikely literary star is Robin Wall Kimmerer, a botanist by training who specializes in mosses. But she set out ambitiously to bridge the gap between Western science and Indigenous teaching. “To me, a lot of the environmental movement is based on fear,” she said. “We have a lot of things to worry about – let’s not lose sight of that – but what I really want to do is help people really love the land again. Because I think that’s why we’re where we are: we don’t love the land enough Land.” She created the astonishing bestseller and literary phenomenon titled Weaving Sweet Grass. New Yorker’s Parul Sehgal visited Kimmerer on the tenth anniversary to talk about the book’s origins and impact. Additionally, during the hottest summer on record, medical journalist Dhruv Khullar was tested in a specialized heat chamber alongside researchers who were studying how rising temperatures would affect the body.
How does extreme heat affect the body?
In the hottest summer ever, New Yorker’s Dhruv Khullar was tested in a special room where researchers monitored the effects of heat on the body.
The origin of “weaving sweet grass”
Parul Sehgal visits Robin Wall Kimmerer, who worked on bridging the gap between Western science and Indigenous teaching and created the astonishing bestseller and literary phenomena.
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