Elizabeth Kolbert - The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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TitleThe Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Rating (Rating: 4.07 - 18021 votes)
FormatEbook
Published11-02-2014
ISBN review0805092994
ISBN13 review9780805092998'
Total page292 pages
WriterElizabeth Kolbert
Description
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, The 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.
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