The Sixth Extinction: humanity busy sawing off the limb on which it perches

That's How The Light Gets In

Atelopus zeteki, Panamanian Golden Frog

Atelopus zeteki, the Panamanian Golden Frog

Though it might be nice to imagine there once was a time when man lived in harmony with nature, it’s not clear that he ever really did.

Elizabeth Kolbert is a journalist who writes on science matters for the New Yorker. She has written two books, the first being Field Notes from a Catastrophe: A Frontline Report on Climate Change. I’ve just read her most recent book, The Sixth Extinction, which is only partly concerned with climate change: travelling across the world to report on the latest of the mass extinctions that have occurred on Earth in the last half billion years, she reveals how this sixth and most devastating extinction is all down to human impact – but climate change is only a part of it.

Kolbert begins her journey across the planet in search of the evidence for the latest mass extinction in central…

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