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The Sixth Extinction

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THE SIXTH EXTINCTION Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Elizabeth Kolbert
publisher:
Henry Holt and Company
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

As New Yorker scribe Kolbert drives home repeatedly, there have been five great waves of extinction in the history of Earth, and we appear to be in the midst of another. Part forensic exploration, part travelogue, The Sixth Extinction tracks the various ways distressing numbers of plant and animal species are vanishing. Kolbert’s fastidious reporting keeps Extinction from being alarmist, though it also sometimes blunts the terrifying trends — climate change, coastal erosion — that could spell the end of humanity. B