Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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Elizabeth Kolbert. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. New York: Henry Holt, 2014.

There have been five major mass extinctions over the last half billion years and scientists are raising the possibility of a sixth one, which may be the most destructive since the asteroid crash that did in the dinosaurs. And this time human behavior may be the cause says Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker and the winner of the 2014 Hayakawa Book Prize. Homo sapiens are altering the planet in significant ways that may spell the end for our species and all other life forms.

Accompanying top scientific researchers into the field (e.g., botanists who follow the tree line into the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef, and geologists who investigate ancient oceans) and drawing on the work of many investigators, Kolbert tells stories of a dozen species that have gone extinct or are in the process of doing so. …

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