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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014)

av Elizabeth Kolbert

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Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. 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.… (mer)
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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is a 2014 non-fiction book written by Elizabeth Kolbert and published by Henry Holt and Company. The book argues that the Earth is in the midst of a modern, man-made, sixth extinction. In the book, Kolbert chronicles previous mass extinction events, and compares them to the accelerated, widespread extinctions during our present time. She also describes specific species extinguished by humans, as well as the ecologies surrounding prehistoric and near-present extinction events. The author received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for the book in 2015
  MUHAMMADHARIS | Oct 13, 2021 |
Excellent book with good examples of how the sixth extinction is proceeding. The author has gone to the locations of research on past extinctions. She demonstrates depth and breadth of knowledge on the topic. She moralizes at the end of the book about what humans are and can do to either save or postpone extinction of some species. I enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone interested in the current situation that is causing the sixth extinction. ( )
  GlennBell | Oct 3, 2021 |
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Very interesting book. A little hard to get through - there is a lot of details to absorb and ponder on. But otherwise I enjoyed this book a lot. Each chapter is about a specific species that has either gone extinct or is close to becoming extinct. Kolbert discusses some of the efforts being made to stop the slow slide to extinction - but whatever help we try to give - will not be of much use.

Remember a few years ago when the bees started disappearing and scientists were concerned about flowers not being pollinated? Well, now some species of frogs and bats are disappearing too. Not to mention certain species of birds and many other animals that are on the brink of extinction. The 5 previous extinctions were caused by ice ages, violent volcano eruptions, extreme climate change and asteroids.

The 6th extinction, the one we are in now, is sadly being caused by "weedy" species. More commonly known as Homo Sapiens. Yes US - Humans!! And sadly we may even be causing our own extinction as well. The more we clear the rainforests, and dump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the more likely the planet will eventually die and we humans will be unable to live in the new environment.

A very interesting book. I give it 4 stars out of 5 - only because it is dense but informative. I had to spend time between the chapters absorbing the details, and taking a small break before continuing on. ( )
  Robloz | Sep 23, 2021 |
Sometimes, book contents fall short of the hype and descriptions on the jacket or from the Publisher. I didn't think that was the case for "The Sixth Extinction". Elizabeth Kolbert delivers as promised.

Rather than try to write my own inadequate review, copying the nice review from "Booklist", the review journal of the American Library Association, describes the book quite nicely. As they wrote, in part: "By burning fossil fuels, we are rapidly changing the atmosphere, the oceans, and the climate, forcing potentially millions of species into extinction. Five watershed events in the deep past decimated life on earth, hence the designation “Sixth Extinction” for today’s ­human-propelled crisis. To lay the groundwork for understanding this massive die-off, Kolbert crisply tells the stories of such earlier losses as the American mastodon and the great auk and provides an orienting overview of evolutionary and ecological science. She then chronicles her adventures in the field with biologists, botanists, and geologists investigating the threats against amphibians, bats, coral, and rhinos. Intrepid and astute, Kolbert combines vivid, informed, and awestruck descriptions of natural wonders, from rain forests to the Great Barrier Reef, and wryly amusing tales about such dicey situations as nearly grabbing onto a tree branch harboring a fist-sized tarantula, swimming among poisonous jellyfish, and venturing into a bat cave; each dispatch is laced with running explanations of urgent scientific inquiries and disquieting findings. Rendered with rare, resolute, and resounding clarity, Kolbert’s compelling and enlightening report forthrightly addresses the most significant topic of our lives."

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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Elizabeth Kolbert turns in an oddly comforting look at vanishing species--a reminder that humans are predators who carry novel diseases across the globe, yet self-aware enough to stop themselves from making too big a mess of things. Just the same, we've got quite a mess on our hands, and Kolbert catches us up with what we should have learned about extinction in school, and the fact that science hasn't stopped happening since then. There's also a bit of history about how theories of evolution have themselves involved. We're still figuring things out, and that it shouldn't stop us from acting on what we know.

The New Yorker writer brings her fly-on-the-wall style into the field where naturalists are watching the canaries flee the coal mine. She finds odd humor when frogs disappear from a region where Warner Bros. top-hat cartoon frogs are hot tourist trinkets. and takes pity on the people who must collect sperm samples from birds or rectal exams to rhinos. But why not? The scientists are bearing up from this grim work. Maybe we should too.
  rynk | Jul 11, 2021 |
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If there is danger in the human trajectory, it is not so much in the survival of our own species as in the fulfillment of the ultimate irony of organic evolution: that in the instant of achieving self-understanding through the mind of man, life has doomed its most beautiful creations. - E.O. Wilson
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The town of El Valle de Antón, in Central Panama, sits in the middle of a volcanic crater formed about a million years ago.
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Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. 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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