The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Paperback)
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.
About the Author
Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for the "New Yorker" since 1999. Prior to that she was a reporter for the "New York Times. "She received the American Association for the Advancement of Science's magazine writing award for the "New Yorker" series on which this book is based. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons.