The sixth extinction

an unnatural history

319 pages

English language

Published Jan. 6, 2014 by Henry Holt and Company.

ISBN:
9780805092998
OCLC Number:
853618709

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4 stars (10 reviews)

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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Review of 'Sixth Extinction' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A sobering and, to be honest, scary book about the possible (probable?) coming "sixth extinction", following 5 previous catastrophic extinctions, this time by human hands. In each chapter, Kolbert (who actually lives in my state), tells the story of previous "extinctions" or the one that seems imminent. The last chapter, entitled The Thing With Feathers, discusses one of the last `alalā, an Hawaiian crow and how we have a choice to make. She doesn't sound very optimistic and, to be honest, I am even more pessimistic these days than she is, which brought a tear to me eye a few times reading this chapter.



Speaking of tears, I think the saddest chapter was the one called The New Pangea, which describes the sad plight of a local to me animal, Myotis lucifugus, or little brown bat. They are dying by the millions due to "white nose syndrome", …

Review of 'The Sixth Extinction' on 'Import'

3 stars

A broad scope and interesting if grim topic, Kolbert explores the five previous major extinctions in the past, and creates observations on how the Anthropocene (the era where human beings are changing their environment) is creating a sixth major extinction. Some excellent research occasionally spoiled by overly simplistic journalistic writing that meanders aimlessly. Overall an interesting and accessible read, and a good introduction book to the Anthropocene.

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