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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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On the endangered list…
An incredibly accessible and informative look at the current mass extinction of species caused by human innovation. Kolbert leaps through thousands of years of history and travels the world in this Pulitzer Prize–winner.


As far as we know, over the last five hundred million years there have been five mass extinctions. These were cases where the diversity of life on earth suddenly and drastically changed due to shifting climate patterns that no longer sustained life. Scientists around the globe are actively monitoring the sixth extinction, often predicted to be the most dramatic and deadly extinction event since the asteroid collision that obliterated the dinosaurs. The difference between this event and those past? This time, the cataclysm isn’t natural, it is us.

Written in a style that is a genius blend of straight forward, entertaining, and deeply informative content, The New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us how and why human beings, us, have changed the course of life on this planet in a way no species has ever done before. She interweaves research from a half dozen different disciplines to paint a beautiful picture of species that we’ve already lost, touching on the history of extinction as a concept, and at the same time provides a deeply unsettling and comprehensive record of the disappearances that are happening before our eyes. Kolbert shows us all that the sixth extinction is likely to be humankind’s ultimate legacy, encouraging us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
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