The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
Author: Elizabeth Kolbert
Publsiher: Henry Holt and Company
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2014-02-11
ISBN 10: 0805099794
ISBN 13: 9780805099799
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sixth Extinction Book Review:

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
Author: Elizabeth Kolbert
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 319
Release: 2014-01-01
ISBN 10: 1408851210
ISBN 13: 9781408851210
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sixth Extinction Book Review:

"Over the last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around the cataclysm is us. In this book the author tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. She provides a moving account of the disappearances of various species occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up to Lyell and Darwin, and through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human". -- Back cover.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
Author: Elizabeth Kolbert
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2014-02-13
ISBN 10: 1408851237
ISBN 13: 9781408851234
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sixth Extinction Book Review:

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions of life on earth. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. Elizabeth Kolbert combines brilliant field reporting, the history of ideas and the work of geologists, botanists and marine biologists to tell the gripping stories of a dozen species – including the Panamanian golden frog and the Sumatran rhino – some already gone, others at the point of vanishing. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy and Elizabeth Kolbert's book urgently compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
Author: James Rollins
Publsiher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2015-02-12
ISBN 10: 9781409156451
ISBN 13: 1409156451
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sixth Extinction Book Review:

A remote military research station in Utah sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighbouring base rush in to discover everyone already dead - and not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles has been annihilated. The land is entirely sterile-and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and all life on Earth balanced upon the blade of a knife. Following clues from an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will discover the truth about an ancient continent, about a new form of death buried under miles of ice.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Field Notes from a Catastrophe
Author: Elizabeth Kolbert
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-02-03
ISBN 10: 1620409895
ISBN 13: 9781620409893
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Field Notes from a Catastrophe Book Review:

A new edition of the book that launched Elizabeth Kolbert's career as an environmental writer-updated with three new chapters, making it, yet again, "irreplaceable" (Boston Globe). Elizabeth Kolbert's environmental classic Field Notes from a Catastrophe first developed out of a groundbreaking, National Magazine Award-winning three-part series in The New Yorker. She expanded it into a still-concise yet richly researched and damning book about climate change: a primer on the greatest challenge facing the world today. But in the years since, the story has continued to develop; the situation has become more dire, even as our understanding grows. Now, Kolbert returns to the defining book of her career. She has added a chapter bringing things up-to-date on the existing text, plus three new chapters--on ocean acidification, the tar sands, and a Danish town that's gone carbon neutral--making it, again, a must-read for our moment.

Beyond the Sixth Extinction

Beyond the Sixth Extinction
Author: Shawn Sheehy
Publsiher: Candlewick Studio
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2018-10
ISBN 10: 9780763687885
ISBN 13: 076368788X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond the Sixth Extinction Book Review:

Elaborate pop-ups feature some wonderfully creepy creatures that just might dominate the ecosystem and be essential to our planet's survival in an eerily realistic future world. Whether or not we know it, the sixth global extinction is already under way, propelled not by a meteor but by human activity on Earth. Take a long step forward into the year 4847 with the help of stunning pop-ups portraying eight fantastical creatures, along with spreads and flaps presenting details about each one. Paper engineer Shawn Sheehy envisions the aftermath of extinction as a flourishing ecosystem centered around fictional creatures that could evolve from existing organisms. Promising high appeal for science-fiction fans of all ages -- and plenty of food for discussion -- this evolutionary extravaganza offers a time line of the six extinction events in Earth's history, a "field guide" to each creature, a diagram of species relationships, a habitat map of the (imagined) ruins of Chicago, and an illuminating author's note.

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time
Author: Robert McCrum
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 287
Release: 2018
ISBN 10: 9781903385838
ISBN 13: 1903385830
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time Book Review:

100 Best Non Fiction Books has its origins in the recent 2 year-long Observer serial which every week featured a work of non fiction). It is also a companion volume to McCrum's very successful 100 Best Novels published by Galileo in 2015. The list of books starts in 1611 with the King James Bible and ends in 2014 with Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction. And in between, on this extraordinary voyage through the written treasures of our culture we meet Pepys' Diaries, Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and a whole host of additional works.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
Author: Richard E. Leakey,Roger Lewin
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 271
Release: 1996
ISBN 10: 0385468091
ISBN 13: 9780385468091
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sixth Extinction Book Review:

Chronicling five times in the history of the earth in which more than half of all living species disappeared in a geological instant, a geological study states that we are on the brink of a sixth mass extinction and presents supporting evidence. Reprint.

Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction

Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction
Author: Jonathan Elmore
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 202
Release: 2020-04-15
ISBN 10: 1793619204
ISBN 13: 9781793619204
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction Book Review:

Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction is one of the first works to focus specifically on fiction's engagements with human driven extinction. Drawing together a diverse group of scholars and approaches, this volume pairs established voices in the field with emerging scholars and traditionally recognized climate fiction ('cli-fi') with texts and media typically not associated with Anthropocene fictions. The result is a volume that both engages with and furthers existing work on Anthropocene fiction as well as laying groundwork for the budding subfield of extinction fiction. This volume takes up the collective insistence on the centrality of story to extinction studies. In various and disparate ways, each chapter engages with the stories we tell about extinction, about the extinction of animal and plant life, and about the extinction of human life itself. Answering the call to action of extinction studies, these chapters explore what kinds of humanity caused this event and what kinds may live through it; what cultural assumptions and values led to this event and which ones could lead out of it; what relationships between human life and this planet allowed the sixth mass extinction and what alternative relationships could be possible.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
Author: d leonard freeston
Publsiher: Dundurn
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2011-08-15
ISBN 10: 1459703340
ISBN 13: 9781459703346
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sixth Extinction Book Review:

Jason Conrad, a man with the wealth of Bill Gates, decides to preserve for posterity the seeds of as many animal and plant species as possible in a vast and remote underground facility, taking the world’s legitimate seed banks and "frozen zoos" to a whole new level. Conrad’s secret doomsday complex, though, is staffed by a combination of environmental experts and mercenaries who will stop at nothing to achieve their once-noble ambitions. After a fellow police officer is murdered and his award-winning German shepherd disappears, Montreal Sergeant-Detective Irina Drach and her young partner, Sergeant-Detective Hudson, connect the crime with a seed bank raid in Ardingly, England, and the kidnapping of a Triple Crown Thoroughbred named Zarathustra. Soon it becomes apparent that highly organized, ruthless abduction teams are raiding seed banks around the world, as well as scooping up the finest animal specimens from zoos, nature preserves, and the wild. Despite the global implications and ballooning media interest, however, Irina never forgets that her foremost aim is to solve the murder of a friend and fellow officer.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
Author: Richard E. Leakey,Roger Lewin
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 271
Release: 1996
ISBN 10: 0385468091
ISBN 13: 9780385468091
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sixth Extinction Book Review:

Chronicling five times in the history of the earth in which more than half of all living species disappeared in a geological instant, a geological study states that we are on the brink of a sixth mass extinction and presents supporting evidence. Reprint.

Guide to Elizabeth Kolbert s the Sixth Extinction

Guide to Elizabeth Kolbert s the Sixth Extinction
Author: Elizabeth Kolbert,Eureka
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2017-03-31
ISBN 10: 9781545091883
ISBN 13: 1545091889
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Guide to Elizabeth Kolbert s the Sixth Extinction Book Review:

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A GUIDE TO THE ORIGINAL BOOK. Guide to Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction Preview: The Sixth Extinction is a book by award winning journalist, Elizabeth Kolbert. In this book, the author demonstrates that species are dying out at a rate comparable to the previous mass extinctions, and if the trend of global warming, deforestation, and pollution continues in its present course, the numbers of extinct species will meet or exceed that rate of destruction. This event will include the extinction of humanity. What this means is that the current loss of life today will soon justify the term -The Sixth Extinction, - a mass extinction like the one that destroyed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago... Inside this companion: -Overview of the book -Important People -Key Insights -Analysis of Key Insights

Sixth Extinction

Sixth Extinction
Author: S. A. Stephenson
Publsiher: Independently Published
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2018-11-03
ISBN 10: 9781729066782
ISBN 13: 172906678X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sixth Extinction Book Review:

In a broken world they will come together to save humanity. When the world comes face to face with the sixth extinction that's set to wipe out the human race, a group of mutated humans will be the only hope the planet has if they want to survive.

After Extinction

After Extinction
Author: Richard Grusin
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2018-03-20
ISBN 10: 1452956324
ISBN 13: 9781452956329
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

After Extinction Book Review:

A multidisciplinary exploration of extinction and what comes next What comes after extinction? Including both prominent and unusual voices in current debates around the Anthropocene, this collection asks authors from diverse backgrounds to address this question. After Extinction looks at the future of humans and nonhumans, exploring how the scale of risk posed by extinction has changed in light of the accelerated networks of the twenty-first century. The collection considers extinction as a cultural, artistic, and media event as well as a biological one. The authors treat extinction in relation to a variety of topics, including disability, human exceptionalism, science-fiction understandings of time and posthistory, photography, the contemporary ecological crisis, the California Condor, systemic racism, Native American traditions, and capitalism. From discussions of the anticipated sixth extinction to the status of writing, theory, and philosophy after extinction, the contributions of this volume are insightful and innovative, timely and thought provoking. Contributors: Daryl Baldwin, Miami U; Claire Colebrook, Pennsylvania State U; William E. Connolly, Johns Hopkins U; Ashley Dawson, CUNY Graduate Center; Joseph Masco, U of Chicago; Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York U; Margaret Noodin, U of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; Jussi Parikka, U of Southampton; Bernard C. Perley, U of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; Cary Wolfe, Rice U; Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths, U of London.

The Ends of the World

The Ends of the World
Author: Peter Brannen
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-06-13
ISBN 10: 0062364820
ISBN 13: 9780062364821
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ends of the World Book Review:

One of Vox’s Most Important Books of the Decade New York Times Editors' Choice 2017 Forbes Top 10 Best Environment, Climate, and Conservation Book of 2017 As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future Our world has ended five times: it has been broiled, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth’s past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the twenty-first century have analogs in these five extinctions. Using the visible clues these devastations have left behind in the fossil record, The Ends of the World takes us inside “scenes of the crime,” from South Africa to the New York Palisades, to tell the story of each extinction. Brannen examines the fossil record—which is rife with creatures like dragonflies the size of sea gulls and guillotine-mouthed fish—and introduces us to the researchers on the front lines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the crime scenes of the Earth’s biggest whodunits. Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, and casts our future in a completely new light.

Biological Extinction

Biological Extinction
Author: Partha Dasgupta,Peter Raven,Anna McIvor
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 462
Release: 2019-09-05
ISBN 10: 1108482287
ISBN 13: 9781108482288
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biological Extinction Book Review:

Questions why species are becoming extinct, and how we can protect the natural world on which we all depend.

Oil and Honey

Oil and Honey
Author: Bill McKibben
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2015-01-29
ISBN 10: 1458798585
ISBN 13: 9781458798589
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Oil and Honey Book Review:

Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben recounts the personal and global story of the fight to build and preserve a sustainable planet. Bill McKibben is not a person you'd expect to find hand - cuffed in the city jail in Washington, D.C. But that's where he spent three days in the summer of 2011, after leading the largest civil disobedience in thirty years to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. A few months later the protesters would see their efforts rewarded when President Obama agreed to put the project on hold. And yet McKibben realized that this small and temporary victory was at best a stepping - stone. With the Arctic melting, the Midwest in drought, and Hurricane Sandy scouring the Atlantic, the need for much deeper solutions was obvious. Some of those would come at the local level, and McKibben recounts a year he spends in the company of a beekeeper raising his hives as part of the growing trend toward local food. Other solutions would come from a much larger fight against the fossil - fuel industry as a whole. Oil and Honey is McKibben's account of these two necessary and mutually reinforcing sides of the global climate fight - from the absolute centre of the maelstrom and from the growing hive of small - scale local answers to the climate crisis. With characteristic empathy and passion, he reveals the imperative to work on both levels, telling the story of raising one year's honey crop and building a social movement that's still cresting.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
Author: Terry Glavin
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2014-06-10
ISBN 10: 1466873582
ISBN 13: 9781466873582
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sixth Extinction Book Review:

The Sixth Extinction is a haunting account of the age in which we live. Ecologists are calling it the Sixth Great Extinction, and the world isn't losing just its ecological legacy; also vanishing is a vast human legacy of languages and our ways of living, seeing, and knowing. Terry Glavin confirms that we are in the midst of a nearly unprecedented, catastrophic vanishing of animals, plants, and human cultures. He argues that the language of environmentalism is inadequate in describing the unraveling of the vast system in which all these extinctions are actually related. And he writes that we're no longer gaining knowledge with every generation. We're losing it. In the face of what he describes as a dark and gathering sameness upon the Earth, Glavin embarks on a global journey to meet the very things we're losing (a distinct species every ten minutes, a unique vegetable variety every six hours, an entire language every two weeks) and on the way encounters some of the world's wonderful, rare things: a human-sized salmon in Russia; a mysterious Sino-Tibetan song-language; a Malayan tiger, the last of its kind; and a strange tomato that tastes just like black cherry ice cream. And he finds hope in the most unlikely places---a macaw roost in Costa Rica; a small village in Ireland; a relic community of Norse whalers in the North Atlantic; the vault beneath the Royal Botanical Garden at Kew; and the throne room of the Angh of Longwa in the eastern Himalayas. A fresh narrative take on the usual doom and gloom environmentalism, The Sixth Extinction draws upon zoology, biology, ecology, anthropology, and mythology to share the joys hidden within the long human struggle to conserve the world's living things. Here, we find hope in what's left: the absolute and stunning beauty in the Earth's last cultures and creatures.

Vesper Flights

Vesper Flights
Author: Helen Macdonald
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-08-25
ISBN 10: 0735235511
ISBN 13: 9780735235519
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Vesper Flights Book Review:

From the bestselling author of H is for Hawk, a brilliant and insightful work about our relationship to the natural world Our world is a fascinating place, teeming not only with natural wonders that defy description, but complex interactions that create layers of meaning. Helen Macdonald is gifted with a special lens that seems to peer right through it all, and she shares her insights--at times startling, nostalgic, weighty, or simply entertaining--in this masterful collection of essays. From reflections on science fiction to the true story of an Iranian refugee's flight to the UK, Macdonald has a truly omnivorous taste when it comes to observations of both the banal and sublime. Peppered throughout are reminisces of her own life, from her strange childhood in an estate owned by the Theosophical Society to watching total eclipses of the sun, visits to Uzbek solar power plants, eccentric English country shows, and desert hunting camps in the Gulf States. These essays move from personal experiences into wider meditations about love and loss and how we build the world around us. Whether more journalistic in tone, or literary--even formally experimental--each piece is generous, lyrical, and speaks to one another. Macdonald creates a strong thematic undertow that quietly takes the reader along piece to piece and sets them down, finally, at a place they've never been before.

Extinctions in Near Time

Extinctions in Near Time
Author: Ross D.E. MacPhee,Hans-Dieter Sues
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 394
Release: 2013-11-09
ISBN 10: 1475752024
ISBN 13: 9781475752021
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Extinctions in Near Time Book Review:

"Near time" -an interval that spans the last 100,000 years or so of earth history-qualifies as a remarkable period for many reasons. From an anthropocentric point of view, the out standing feature of near time is the fact that the evolution, cultural diversification, and glob al spread of Homo sapiens have all occurred within it. From a wider biological perspective, however, the hallmark of near time is better conceived of as being one of enduring, repeat ed loss. The point is important. Despite the sense of uniqueness implicit in phrases like "the biodiversity crisis," meant to convey the notion that the present bout of extinctions is by far the worst endured in recent times, substantial losses have occurred throughout near time. In the majority of cases, these losses occurred when, and only when, people began to ex pand across areas that had never before experienced their presence. Although the explana tion for these correlations in time and space may seem obvious, it is one thing to rhetori cally observe that there is a connection between humans and recent extinctions, and quite another to demonstrate it scientifically. How should this be done? Traditionally, the study of past extinctions has fallen largely to researchers steeped in such disciplines as paleontology, systematics, and paleoecology. The evaluation of future losses, by contrast, has lain almost exclusively within the domain of conservation biolo gists. Now, more than ever, there is opportunity for overlap and sharing of information.