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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)
The Frightening Reality
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert helps us to better understand the rapidly changing world. According to her analysis, the scientific message written in our past is emerging once again in our present.
The earth has undergone some pretty dramatic changes since life first appeared. These changes are also associated with extremely extensive species die-offs. Indeed, the planet has already undergone 5 massive extinction events. We are currently experiencing a 6th. This time however, it is humans that are to blame for the considerable death, and destruction.
The Need for Change
We need to acknowledge this, and act accordingly if we wish to avert the brutal consequences. Although the message is a difficult one, it is especially critical. As a result, I would highly recommend reading more about it. With more information being released with increasing frequency(click the above image), the picture is becoming clearer and more frightening. Kolbert’s book will help put things in perspective, and assist with really appreciating the gravity of the situation.
As dire as it seems, there is still time to act. Unlike previous extinction events, humans weren’t around to do anything about it. We can now.