The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Paperback)
Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. Elizabeth Kolbert is one of my favorite science and nature writers. I learn so much from her investigations and her straight-forward writing. In this book the reader discovers the commitments made by scientists around the globe to study and report on the impacts that fossil fuels and our modern day life styles have on various habitats and creatures. Although I read about and I’m concerned about climate change, I hadn’t known much about earlier mass extinctions or the details of the current one underway. Kolbert presents fascinating, although dismaying, information of a variety of topics, including the golden frog of Panama, the Great Barrier Reef, the American chestnut tree, bats, and the Sumatran rhino. For those interested in preserving our lovely planet this book is a must-read.— From Joan's Picks
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A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes
Over the last half-billion years, there have been Five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
About the Author
Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.