The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

January 6, 2015|
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
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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.

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.
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Title:The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural HistoryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.28 X 5.66 X 1.02 inShipping dimensions:336 pages, 8.28 X 5.66 X 1.02 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250062187

ISBN - 13:9781250062185

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