The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert ( and reports from the front lines of the violent collision between human civilization and our planet’s ecosystem — from the Great Barrier Reef to her own backyard — in this, her third, book. Traveling to some of the world’s remotest corners, she examines how man-made climate change threatens to eliminate 20 to 50 percent of all living species on Earth within this century. 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. This is environmental writing at its most rigorous and richly detailed. It’s as riveting as reading a thriller, but thoroughly chastening at the same time.


336 pages in Bloomsbury Publishing paperback edition

ISBN 978-1408851227


Elizabeth Kolbert

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