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The Extinction Crisis

Written by Elizabeth Kolbert and published in 2014, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History presents the shocking evidence that the world is experiencing an ecosystem collapse of proportions not seen since the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. This time there’s no meteor. Only man.

Explore the pages of this website for a taste of what Kolbert seeks to convey through her book, as well as some reactions and reflections from my end and some interesting ~bonus~ content. Read chapter-by-chapter through the Important Critters and what they teach us. Find yourself intrigued? Don’t take my word for it. Read the book for yourself. Find it with the links above or right here.

Recent Reflections

  • Endgame

    December 1, 2019 by

    Here again I employ dual meaning: 1) I have come to the end of the book (huzzah!) and 2) the endtimes are what the world as we know it faces unless we radically alter our current trajectory, which becomes less and less likely with each passing day. I must hand it to Kolbert, however, for… Read more

  • Global Warming’s Evil Twin

    November 21, 2019 by

    This epoch’s paper-plate award for “global warming’s ‘equally evil twin’” (120) goes to… ocean acidification! Like global warming really needs an evil twin. And I highly anticipate that there we have yet to meet the rest of the family. As global warming progresses, ecosystems will start to reshape and eventually collapse in ways unimaginable right… Read more

  • Bon Jovi and JFK

    November 5, 2019 by

    Woah, we’re halfway there. Bon Jovi Okay. The quote looks very different typed out then what I hear in my head when I read it. It turns out that that my good friend Bon Jovi is right in a couple of ways. First, I am almost exactly halfway through throught The Sixth Extinction. I have… Read more

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