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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Category: Book
By (author): Kolbert, Elizabeth
Subject:  NATURE / Ecology
  SCIENCE / Environmental Science (see also Chemistry / Environmental)
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
  SCIENCE / Natural History
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Picador
Published: January 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.21in x 5.73in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW 'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST 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.
Review Quote*Powerful… Kolbert expertly traces the ‘twisting' intellectual history of how we've come to understand the concept of extinction, and more recently, how we've come to recognize our role in it… An invaluable contribution to our understanding of present circumstances.-Al Gore, The New York Times Book Review "Riveting… It is not possible to overstate the importance of Kolbert's book. Her prose is lucid, accessible and even entertaining as she reveals the dark theater playing out on our globe."- San Francisco Chronicle
Biographical NoteElizabeth 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.