2016-2017: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Colbert


“In her timely, meticulously researched and well-written book, Kolbert combines scientific analysis and personal narratives to explain it to us. The result is a clear and comprehensive history of Earth’s previous mass extinctions – and the species we’ve lost – and an engaging description of the extraordinarily complex nature of life. Most important, Kolbert delivers a compelling call to action. “Right now,” she writes, “we are deciding, without quite meaning to, which evolutionary pathways will remain open and which will forever be closed. No other creature has ever managed this, and it will, unfortunately, be our most enduring legacy.” –Al Gore, in The New York Times Book Review (Feb 16, 2014)

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In The World’s ‘Sixth Extinction,’ Are Humans The Asteroid?
NPR, air date: Feb. 12, 2014

Dreifus, Claudia. “Chasing the Biggest Story on Earth.” New York Times, Late Edition (East Coast) ed.Feb 11 2014. ProQuest. (Williams)


McKie, Robin. “Not only is the new wave of extinction all our fault, it will probably be our downfall, says a rigorous, disquieting new analysis”. The Guardian, February 16, 2014.

Bloomfield, Bob. “The long goodbye: a study of earth’s declining biodiversity deftly traces patterns and processes, finds Bob Bloomfield.” Nature 506.7487 (2014). Book Review Index Plus. (Williams)

Roth, Michael S.  “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.” The Washington Post, February 21, 2014

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