The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert
Published: Jan 2015
Well researched investigation of the extinction (or near extinction) of species around the globe and how the pieces form evidence of an mass event. Mankind’s impact on the earth goes deeper than our CO2 contributions– the intentional/ unintentional sharing of species across the globe and the isolation of environments with roads and cities have created a simultaneously hyper connected and fragmented New Pangaea. Kolbert travels to Italy, Australia, Brazil to seek out the effects of warming, ocean acidification and invasive speciation. Kolbert manages to cram in a historical account of how scientists came to understand evolution, extinction, and fossilization as well- never a dull chapter.
4.5 out of 5 stars