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The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

By Elizabeth Kolbert
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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction (2014) chronicles the history of species extinction and shows how humans have had more than a hand in the rapidly decreasing numbers of animal species on earth. Through industrialization and deforestation, not to mention climate change, humans have damaged the environment and disrupted habitats, leading to a massive reduction in biodiversity.

  • Scientists, environmentalists or activists concerned with climate change
  • People curious about how human activity affects animal survival
  • Students examining theories of species extinction

American journalist Elizabeth Kolbert is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine and is also the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe, a book on the effects of climate change, published in 2006. She was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for The Sixth Extinction.

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