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The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert

From the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe, a powerful and important work about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a compelling account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.



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The Bottom Line

Over the past half billion years, there have been five mass extinctions on Earth. The next one will be the first caused by human beings

I. Introduction

New Yorker writer and National Geographic contributor Elizabeth Kolbert traveled the world to examine the role of man-made climate change in causing what biologists call the sixth mass extinction — plant and animal loss so extensive that as much as 50% of all living species will be wiped out within this century.

Combining scientific research, history, theory and keen observation, Kolbert lays out clear evidence that humans may be on the brink of a great catastrophe. Her report is at once fascinating and appalling — and we ignore it at our own peril.

II. Discovering Extinction

III. The Big Five Extinctions

IV. Man as Invasive Species

V. The Cataclysmic Impact of … Human Beings

VI. The Planet of Lost Species

VII. The Devastation of the World’s Coral Reefs

The Takeaway

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