The Sixth Extinction
336 pages, 2015
science & nature1064 books
A major book about the future of the planet, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes 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.