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The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
  • Author : Elizabeth Kolbert
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  • Release Date :2014-02-11
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 0805099794
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Summary : 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
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2014-01-01
  • Total pages :319
  • ISBN : 1408851210
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Summary : "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
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2014-02-13
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 1408851237
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Summary : 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 : Richard E. Leakey,Roger Lewin
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :1996
  • Total pages :271
  • ISBN : 0385468091
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Summary : 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
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  • Release Date :2017-03-31
  • Total pages :32
  • ISBN : 9781545091883
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Summary : 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

Beyond the Sixth Extinction

Beyond the Sixth Extinction
  • Author : Shawn Sheehy
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  • Release Date :2018-10
  • Total pages :40
  • ISBN : 9780763687885
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Summary : 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.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Field Notes from a Catastrophe
  • Author : Elizabeth Kolbert
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  • Release Date :2015-02-03
  • Total pages :320
  • ISBN : 1620409895
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Summary : 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.

The 6th Extinction

The 6th Extinction
  • Author : James Rollins
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  • Release Date :2014-08-12
  • Total pages :608
  • ISBN : 0062194925
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Summary : In a masterful epic that combines timeless mystery and ripped-from-the-headlines scientific intrigue, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes humankind to its endpoint, to a fate inscribed in rock and ice in an event known as THE 6TH EXTINCTION Life always finds a way. . . . A military research station buried in the remote Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California broadcasts a frantic distress call that ends with a chilling order: "This is sierra, victor, whiskey. There's been a breach. Failsafe initiated. No matter the outcome: Kill us . . . kill us all." The site is part of TECOMM, the U.S. Army Test Command. When help arrives to investigate, they discover that everyone in the lab is dead--not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is completely sterile-- and the blight is spreading. Only one team on earth has the scientific knowledge and military precision to handle this mission: Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma. The dead scientists were working on a secret project, researching radically different forms of life on Earth, life that could change our understanding of biology and humanity itself. But something set off an explosion in the lab, and now Sigma must contend with the apocalyptic aftermath. To prevent the inevitable, they must decipher a futuristic threat that rises out of the distant past--a time when Antarctica was green and life on Earth was balanced on a knife's edge. Following a fascinating trail of clues buried in an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will make a shocking discovery involving a prehistoric continent and a new form of life and death buried under miles of ice. Gray Pierce and his dedicated team must race through eons of time and across distant continents to decipher millennia-old secrets out of the frozen past and untangle mysteries buried deep in the darkest jungles of today, as they face their greatest challenge yet: stopping the Sixth Extinction--the end of humankind. But is it already too late? The Sixth Extinction combines pulsating adventure, intriguing history, and cutting-edge advances in science and technology in a thrilling white-knuckle ride that delivers as only James Rollins can.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
  • Author : Terry Glavin
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  • Release Date :2014-06-10
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 1466873582
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Summary : 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.

Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction

Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction
  • Author : Jonathan Elmore
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2020-04-15
  • Total pages :202
  • ISBN : 1793619204
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Summary : 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 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time
  • Author : Robert McCrum
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2018
  • Total pages :287
  • ISBN : 9781903385838
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Summary : 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.

And Here We Are

And Here We Are
  • Author : N.A
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  • Release Date :2019-11-05
  • Total pages :144
  • ISBN : 9781942084754
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Summary : This collection of noir-ish photographs presents numerous elements of the natural world imperiled by humanity's havoc. Bil Zelman highlights the im-pacts of non-native and invasive species, the current Holocene Extinction, and the fragile places where man and nature collide. The series consists of images of specimens and landscapes, shot at night, accompanied by researched and in-depth captions, that seem to walk the line between visual evidence and photographic art.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History...Summarized

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History...Summarized
  • Author : J.J. Holt
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2014-03-10
  • Total pages :29
  • ISBN :
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Summary : This is a summary of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History...Summarized by J.J. Holt

The Sixth Extinction. Part Two: Ruin

The Sixth Extinction. Part Two: Ruin
  • Author : Glen Johnson
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  • Release Date :
  • Total pages :113
  • ISBN :
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Summary : A pandemic has swept the globe, decimating humanity, affecting all who breathe in its deadly spores. The Sixth Extinction Series follows a collection of people from all walks of life, as they struggle to survive through the eradication of the human race. Doctor Melanie Lazaro identified the marker of the disease on the human DNA chain, and she carries a file with the information needed to create a blocker, to stop the disease from spreading. While she was being shown the four different stages of the transformation of the human host, the building came under attack by a horde of the infected. During the attack, she was rescued and placed on a helicopter en route to the Dartmoor military base. The helicopter crashed and Lazaro, along with nine military personnel, has to take shelter in a dentist’s clinic, while fighting back a mass of the infected. They gain new transportation; however, it proves to be a fatal mistake. Noah and Red join forces with an old woman called Betty, and her special need’s grandson, Lennie. The four of them hear the gunfire of the soldiers from the crashed helicopter, and Noah leaves the three behind in a house while he goes in search of rescue. However, not everything goes according to plan, and he finds himself in the wrong place at the worst possible time. Due to the timeline, the whole country is now overrun with stage three eaters – crazed, animalistic predators that only have one thing on their mind – to eat.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
  • Author : D. Leonard Freeston
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2011-08-15
  • Total pages :456
  • ISBN : 1554889030
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Summary : While detective Irina Drach and her partner Hudson investigate a cop's murder and his German shepherd's disappearance, they uncover a billionaire's plot to collect the specimens of every endangered animal in the world.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
  • Author : Richard E. Leakey,Roger Lewin
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :1996
  • Total pages :271
  • ISBN : 9780297817338
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Summary : A Brilliant explanation and celabration of "biodiversity",informed by the personal and first-hand experience of the world-famous scientist.

The Sixth Extinction: America

The Sixth Extinction: America
  • Author : Glen Johnson
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  • Release Date :2014-08-25
  • Total pages :132
  • ISBN : 9781500939830
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Summary : Mankind is no longer at the top of the food chain.The Sixth Extinction: America - Part One: The Black Spores is set in America. Now for the first time we jump from England to the United States and see how the Americans are dealing with the end of the world.The Sixth Extinction is an apocalyptic tale about a pandemic that sweeps the globe, decimating the human race, leaving humanity struggling to survive. Within three weeks, everything has changed. Social structure has collapsed as the government locks itself away with a select portion of its vast army in deep bunkers, leaving the civilians to their own fate and the infected that stalks the streets.The Story follows a group of fourteen strangers, who lived in an apartment building in the Fordham Heights area of New York City; they decide to band together, seeking shelter in a shipping container, on the back of a truck heading towards Pennsylvania and the promise of safety.There's Alexander Frazier, a twenty-four-year-old, who, before the outbreak, worked in the mail department of a large law firm. The King Brothers, Lindell, who's thirty-seven and used to be a bouncer for a nightclub, and his thirty-one-year-old little brother, who was once an amateur boxer. The fifty-one-year-old alcoholic Reverend Frank Clark, who harbours a dark secret, and is looking for redemption from a broken world. The second generation Mexican seventeen-year-old twins, Juan and Bonnie Sanchez. The twenty-six-year-old Cody Tanner who used to be a soil conservationist, and his twenty-five-year-old wife Abigail Tanner, who used to be a wine taster. The twenty-two-year-old all-American girl Jessica Scott, who used to be a waitress. The seventy-one-year-old Phyllis Washington, who isn't even aware of what's going on around her. The thirty-three-year-old Gothic lesbian, Naomi Ford who used to work as a chef, and has a dangerous addiction. The twenty-year-old Tierra Ouellette who used to be a stripper to pay the bills, and her three-year-old son Dante, who never stops crying. And finally, the driver of the truck, the forty-six-year-old Troy Cobb, who even ten years later is still trying to get over the death of his wife. Altogether, they are struggling to survive and come to terms with their new situation. However, they're a large group of people now living in close proximity. Tempers flare, and emotions run high as one disastrous situating leads to another.There is also Doctor Nathan Bachman, a scientist working in Groom Lake, in the secret base often referred to as Area 51. However, it doesn't contain UFOs and little green men; its sole purpose is much more disturbing. It contains one of the seven pods - living artefact that our ancient forefathers buried beneath vast structures of stone, to save the world from their deadly, infectious black spores. When the base is compromised Bachman is airlifted to the secret Quirauk Mountain, Pennsylvania bunker. There an even more disturbing secret comes to light that makes everything before it pale in comparison.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
  • Author : James Morris Robinson
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2016-04-21
  • Total pages :306
  • ISBN : 9781523702862
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Summary : The Sixth Extinction -Genesis We live in a universe that is about 14 billion years old. Our beautiful planet Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. In this expanse of time, Earth has witnessed five extinctions when more than 75% to 96% of the species on the planet disappeared. Biologists, paleontologists and geologists all have theories. Yet there are some who say that they were simply God's way of hitting the reset button to fix what had been broken and allow life to start again. Biologists and paleontologists suspect we're living through the sixth major mass extinction now. The Genesis organization agrees. America and her allies have broken the world and things must be set right again. This time, it will be different. Genesis will execute a massive plan to activate the reset button that will accelerate the sixth extinction. Two radicalized Americans, Jeff and Kyle, are at the epicenter of Genesis' ingenious plan to deploy nuclear heat and volcanism to make things right again. The navies of the western world must prepare for a battle on the earth's oceans that requires true heroism, which is not reserved solely for men and women in uniform. It will require heroes that come in all genders, shapes, sizes, and colors to face a global threat that will begin in two of America's southern cities. There are times in the history of humankind when we must all band together to fight the darkness and its evil. This will be the time of those days. Genesis will watch continents burn if this is the price that must be paid to set things right.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
  • Author : Instaread
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  • Release Date :2015-09-15
  • Total pages :32
  • ISBN : 9781517373238
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Summary : PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. The Sixth Extinction: by Elizabeth Kolbert | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review 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 When humans originated about 100,000 years ago, they began to hunt some species into extinction. Their ability to outcompete other early hominids for food led to the extinction of those species, including Neanderthals. The extinction of species picked up steam when humans began transforming great swaths of forest and plains into farmland about 10,000 years ago... Inside this Instaread of The Sixth Extinction: Overview of the book Important People Key Takeaways Analysis of Key Takeaways About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.

The Song Of The Dodo

The Song Of The Dodo
  • Author : David Quammen
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2012-03-31
  • Total pages :704
  • ISBN : 1448137403
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Summary : Why have island ecosystems always suffered such high rates of extinction? In our age, with all the world's landscapes, from Tasmania to the Amazon to Yellowstone, now being carved into island-like fragments by human activity, the implications of this question are more urgent than ever. Over the past eight years, David Quammen has followed the threads of island biogeography on a globe-encircling journey of discovery.