A major audiobook 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

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  1. Puddingbrumsel89 Puddingbrumsel89 says:

    Die Autorin ist Wissenschaftsjournalistin Das merkt man dem Buch an Die einzelnen Abschnitte k nnten auch als Serie in einer Zeitschrift ver ffentlicht werden Vom wissenschaftlichen Niveau her eher durchschnittlich, aber trotzdem eine spannende Lekt re Mit Charme und Humor r bergebracht Man erf hrt doch das ein oder andere, was man noch nicht wusste Die Autorin reist an verschiedene Orte, um zu erkunden, welchen Einfluss der Mensch auf Flora und Fauna hat Mal eine erfrischende Alternative zu den oft langweiligen dogmatischen Ans tzen anderer Autoren.

  2. julies-sex-toys.co.ukkunde*seit*1999 julies-sex-toys.co.ukkunde*seit*1999 says:

    Spannend zu lesender berblick ber diverse Aussterbevorg nge mit ebenso interessanten Hintergrundinfos zu historischen Personen vom Stil her erinnerte es mich an Bill Bryson Wenngleich es sich wie lockere Urlaubslekt re liest, verdichtet sich die unsch ne Hauptaussage zum Ende hin immer st rker.

  3. Melanie30 Melanie30 says:

    Really like the style of the writer Kind of funny, unjudgemental and viewed from the sites of different experts Gives you great knowledge and insight in our historical en future environment.

  4. Jay Riemenschneider Jay Riemenschneider says:

    Very well written, good balance of peronal anecdotes, historic trivia and scientific research.

  5. Hardik Sapkota Hardik Sapkota says:

    Amazingly written

  6. Uros Kozina Uros Kozina says:

    It makes you think about the world we are creating.

  7. Katia Katia says:

    Das Buch macht auf sehr eindringliche Weise klar, dass wir als Gesellschaft und Individuen immer noch die falschen Priorit ten setzen.

  8. Oparazzo Oparazzo says:

    Seit es Leben auf der Erde gibt, hat es immer wieder Massensterben gegeben, die die Artenvielfalt dramatisch reduzierten F nf davon waren so einschneidend, dass sie im englischen Sprachraum heute als die Big Five bezeichnet werden das letzte und bekannteste vor etwa 66 Millionen Jahren, als nach einem Kometeneinschlag die H lfte aller Tierarten verschwand, darunter die Dinosaurier.Und als unsere Vorfahren damit anfingen, ihr erstaunliches Gehirn zu entwickeln, setzten sie das in Gang, was die Journalistin Elizabeth Kolbert die Sechste Ausl schung nennt Es begann damit, dass der Mensch pl tzlich Tiere t ten konnte, die gr er, st rker und schneller war als er Das Ende z B von Mammut und Mastodon, und auch des S belzahntigers, dem so n mlich die Beute ausging Heute erleben wir nun einen vorl ufigen H hepunkt, bei dem wir die Tiere nicht mehr aktiv umbringen m ssen das tun wir nat rlich auch und in gro em Stil , sondern ihnen einfach die Lebensgrundlagen entziehen Das ist ohnehin viel effizienter, nur wird es wohl dummerweise auch uns selber treffen Und das wiederum d rfte die Welt, so sie denn dazu in der Lage w re, mit einer gewissen Erleichterung zur Kenntnis nehmen Elizabeth Kolbert geht zun chst auf die gro en Katastrophen der Erdgeschichte ein und erl utert dann, an meist nur auf den zweiten Blick spektakul ren Beispielen, wo die Reise hingeht Kultivierung des Landes, Erderw rmung, bers uerung der Ozeane oder der Columbian Exchange der interkontinentale, h ufig fatale Austausch von Arten ver ndern die Welt in einem Tempo, bei dem die Evolution keine Chance hat, hinterherzukommen Was das f r unsere Zukunft bedeutet, kann man sich ohne viel Phantasie ausmalen Ob es dann, wie manche Wissenschaftler vermuten, tats chlich dazu kommt, dass sich Homo sapiens verabschiedet und die wesentlich anpassungsf higere Art Rattus rattus die Weltherrschaft bernimmt, wird sich erweisen The Sixth Extinction ist ein weiteres, hervorragendes Beispiel f r fachlich fundierten und trotzdem allgemeinverst ndlichen, anekdotisch aufgelockerten Wissenschaftsjournalismus, wie er in der englischsprachigen Welt seit jeher gute Sitte ist Elizabeth Kolbert l sst die Forscher selbst zu Wort kommen und fasst sehr anschaulich den Stand der Wissenschaft zusammen, ohne auf die moralische Pauke zu hauen Das braucht sie auch gar nicht Die Beispiele sprechen s mtlich f r sich Und ich kann auch nicht sagen, dass sie sonderlich viel Optimismus verbreitet das w re angesichts der prek ren Lage und der Handlungsschw che derjenigen, die daran vielleicht etwas ndern k nnten, auch ziemlich unangebracht.Nachtrag Elizabeth Kolbert hat f r The Sixth Extinction den diesj hrigen Pulitzer Preis f r Nonfiction gewonnen.

  9. Womble Womble says:

    A fascinating look at the evidence for the world currently being at the start of a sixth extinction event, and how extinctions are driven by human activity There s a background to the theories of evolution, and an explanation of why our assumptions of the resilience of the earth s systems may be horribly wrong The only odd note in the book is the author s writing style, where scientific explanations and historical background are shot through with very specific, apparently irrelevant personal details one person she meets has different coloured eyes kangaroo meat forms part of the meal taken with a bunch of Israeli scientists she has a dream about a frog smoking a cigarette But perhaps this is the extreme of a writing style that, while humanising the experts, in the process imparts a great deal of information, not just about them but specifically about their work The scope of this book is remarkably broad, and the author does a very good job of explaining both how extinctions are taking place, and how they are being researched I bought this expecting a far straightforward science book, but it was a surprisingly compelling read.

  10. Mark Hayward Mark Hayward says:

    Purchased through a third party, maybe because the title is out of print I can t understand why it would be as it is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the environment, wildlife, Earth science etc It is well informed and written stylishly Although a detailed discussion of extinction and fully referenced, it engages the reader throughout and I found it difficult to put aside.

  11. Mr. Alex Buxton Mr. Alex Buxton says:

    I bought this book as it was on Bill Gates summer reading list What I read was shocking.I have been to the Great Barrier Reef but found out that, since I was there, about half of it has gone due to ocean acidification as a result of an increase of CO2 in the atmosphere.We learn that humans have always been destructive, making over 150 mega fauna mammals mammoths etc extinct due to overhunting over the millennia As our population grows and we travel around , we have brought extinctions up to around 1,000 times the background rate At this rate, the world will be very different in 35 years and unrecognizable by the end of the century.We are doing the same amount of damage as an asteroid and the only way to reverse it, or even slow this phenomenon is through education This is what this book provides and I sincerely believe it should be compulsory reading in schools.

  12. Mr C I Mackenzie Mr C I Mackenzie says:

    This is a beautifully written book about the way that humans in the last two hundred years or so have been ruining the world It was interesting to read this book after reading Factfulness which is full of hope that the problems of the world can be solved I fear that the surging populations of Asia, Africa and South America and their demands for a better life will make it impossible to reverse the tide of climate change and rising acidity in the oceans which will dominate life over the coming decades.

  13. bog bog says:

    It took me some time to read it, but I can say it was one of the best lectures I ve had I m not a huge fan of books I don t read often, and somehow this book kept me interested and the content was awakening.

  14. Spuds Spuds says:

    A sobering pr cis with examples, to illustrate where the world is in it s ecological history, and how likely we, and our fellow inhabitants, are to survive the next, the sixth extinction Evidence is presented dispassionately and unemotionally, as you d expect from the author as a Journalist, leaving the reader to form their own opinions This should be on your must read list if you care at all about the future of the planet and it s dependants I almost awarded 4 stars as, like other reviewers, I felt it lacked somewhat in the illustration department However, the subject matter is so important I feel it would be churlish to down grade it for that alone.