The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Get this from a library! The sixth extinction: an unnatural history. [Elizabeth Kolbert] -- Over the last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinctions. The sixth extinction: an unnatural history. [Elizabeth Kolbert] -- Draws on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists, and other researchers to discuss .
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Read "The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. ONE OF. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. *Starred Review* It didn't take long for Homo sapiens to begin Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Science & Math. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy;.
I can't recommend this book highly enough.
A fair warning, though: it doesn't have a happy ending. Each of the thirteen chapters tracks the extinction or near extinction of a species, and this smattering of evidence wanders into the assumption that mass extinction on planet Earth is again underway for the sixth time.
If you are thinking that climate change aka global warming will trigger the sixth extinction, you will have to read to page to find the first mention of this threat. There is apparently no evidence that pathogens will threaten higher life forms, including Homo sapiens, otherwise known as the human organism.
This leaves acidification of the oceans as the likely trigger for mass extinction. Here she makes this announcement: "Carbon dioxide has many interesting properties, one of which is that it dissolves in water to form an acid.
Kolbert's guide is marine biologist Jason Hall-Spencer.
Before the chapter closes, Kolbert offers this lament from Hall-Spencer: "Unfortunately, the biggest tipping point, the one at which the ecosystem [of the waters off the coast of Italy] starts to crash, is mean pH 7. Hey, if the Mediterranean is about to crash, then the Atlantic Ocean would soon follow, and you can kiss the Pacific goodbye.
Hello, are there any marine biologists who understand the domino theory? Kolbert must leave the dying Mediterranean because she must resume her travelogue. In the next chapter, she visits a speck of an island off the coast of Australia to study the effects of acidification on the reef that surrounds the island. Kolbert is an astute observer, excellent explainer and superb synthesizer, and even manages to find humor in her subject matter.
Combining a lucid, steady, understated style with some enviable reporting adventures An invaluable contribution to our understanding of present circumstances. Kolbert shows in these pages that she can write with elegiac poetry about the vanishing creatures of this planet, but the real power of her book resides in the hard science and historical context she delivers here, documenting the mounting losses that human beings are leaving in their wake.
In the same way, her intrepid reporting from far-off places--Panama, Iceland, Italy, Scotland, Peru, the siteian rain forest of Brazil, and the remote one tree Island, off the coast of Australia--gives us a sense of the earth's vastness and beauty. Her long view of extinction excited my joy in life's diversity -- even as she made me aware how many species are currently at risk. A remarkable addition to the literature of our haunted epoch. The Education of an Unlikely Activist.
The reporting is exceptional, the contextualizing exemplary. Kolbert stands at the forefront of what it means to be a socially responsible American writer today. The result is an important book full of love and loss.
The perspective is at once awe-inspiring, humbling and deeply necessary. Boyle, author of San Miguel. Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker.
She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children. Toggle navigation. New to eBooks.