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May 25, 2021poibooks rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
I think this book is an important read but I'm sad to say I DNFd it after reading the first three chapters plus chapter twelve. Chapter one made an impact and strongly stated that we're in a mass extinction and why, but after that the…
Feb 22, 2021johnulee rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Easy read, not too scientific, gets the point across with good story telling.
Jan 27, 2021zipread rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is the sort of book that deserves wider traction. It is a topic that is usually not given wider thought: the Sixth Extington. Appearing right now, at a planet close to you, your own. Preceding at geologic break-neck speed. Invoking…
Apr 19, 2020a2mayer rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is an amazing book! Each chapter takes you around the world and through time while examining past, recent and current extinctions. This book is easy to understand and has realist approach to our current situation. I would recommend…
Feb 14, 2020CPLannie rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!@!
Sep 14, 2019dirtbag1 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
According to this book just about everything humans come into contact with will soon be headed toward extinction. So essentially seeing that humans are global, everything we touch is doomed, flora and fauna. When you take a look at whats…
May 27, 2018ccosper4 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The Sixth Extinction is a terrifying and exhilarating look at all the ways we're killing the species we share this planet with. She weaves modern examples and the history of science and extinctions to paint the picture of just how bad the…
Mar 11, 2018
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is a loosely connected compilation of essays and field notes written by Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer of The New Yorker. Each of the thirteen chapters tracks the extinction or near extinction…
Apr 14, 2017jaybird443 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This book is about the possible 6th mass species extinction which will be caused by global warming and ocean acidification. There are good perspectives here on the previous 5 mass extinctions and what is going on now and may happen in the…
Feb 14, 2017naturalist rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
“Timeline of extinctions in the Holocene” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_extinctions_in_the_Holocene and, “What We've Lost: Species Extinction Time Line”…
Jan 03, 2017
Within this century, man-made climate change may eliminate half of all living species on Earth. Elizabeth Kolbert examines the sixth mass extinction from the front lines: the Amazonian rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, the Arctic ice…
Aug 28, 2016NevD rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic listen (in audio book format). I thought it would be a snoozer, but the arguments were precise and well-reasoned. A wake-up call for all human-kind.
Aug 27, 2016fauxbeauxjours rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I can see how some reviewers felt this book was choppy, or perhaps without focus, but as an uninitiated layperson w/ regards to technical and historical scientific perspectives, I found this book to be absolutely riveting. Could not put it…
Jul 15, 2016SanAnselmoStaff_Linda rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A unique perspective that traces historical extinctions along with the premise that we are living in an extinction period at the moment.
Mar 05, 2016becker rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
The content of this book was certainly interesting but I thought the structure was choppy, messy and lacked focus. Even so, I picked up some thought provoking information and generally enjoyed it.
Jan 01, 2016Memawrayne rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Very interesting. The author has a wonderful way of keeping it interesting for the layperson and even adds a little humor in the way she writes. Helps explain how we humans do have an effect on other living things and what we must do to…
Dec 18, 2015lpreston214 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This book is an astonishing revelation. Parts of it made my jaw drop. From the great auk and frogs and bats to coral, the author lays out the evidence of our effect on our fellow living things. It's not just that species are disappearing…
Sep 30, 2015shayshortt rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Kolbert takes a broad swathe of scientific knowledge and explains it clearly. Although many of the concepts have been simplified significantly, she is careful to note where certain ideas are (or were at one time) controversial, and…
Aug 03, 2015IV27HUjg rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Alternate formats: ebook, small print, CD, AD. The reader of audio book is a favorite, for the tone, clarity, reasonable pace. Reading all the reviews is enlightening, hogwash or credible on the issue of global warming. Some fluff, but…
May 28, 2015Russ_A rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
This book’s central premise is that global warming, ocean acidification, and other man-made phenomena are causing the sixth mass extinction in the history of the world. Like any controversial assertion, this premise will be readily…
Apr 27, 2015mclarjh rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Good journalistic writing, but too much history and not enough science for me.
Apr 20, 2015
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Non- Fiction.
Mar 20, 2015stewstealth rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Well written account on the current high level of species extinctions. Whether through climate changes or habitat loss the author pinpoints the blame on humanity. There are two reservations on the book, firstly the notations are not…
Mar 12, 2015Bill2smith rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
What is most appealing about The Sixth Extinction is how accessible the author makes all the scientific information. Most of it consists of stories about the author’s excursions to sites where scientific experiments are being conducted, or…
Sep 30, 2014
I enjoyed this book because it reveals that we are currently in the middle of an extinction. Man has been the cause of and is causing many recent extinctions, for example the great auk, the Sumatran rhino, Panamanian tree frogs. The…