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The sixth extinction [sound recording] : an unnatural history / Elizabeth Kolbert.

Kolbert, Elizabeth. (Author). Twomey, Anne, 1951- (Added Author).

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Bentley Memorial Library - Bolton BCD 576.84 Kol (Text to phone) 33160102496752 Adult Book on CD Checked out 09/03/2019
Bethel Public Library CDBOOK 576.84 KOLBERT (Text to phone) 34030130256685 Adult Nonfiction CD Checked out 08/24/2019
C.H. Booth Library - Newtown CD BK 576.8 KOL (Text to phone) 34014137475498 Adult Book on CD Available -
Chester Public Library BCD 576.84 KOL (Text to phone) 33210000371084 Adult Nonfiction CD Available -
Douglas Library of Hebron AUDIO CD 576.84 KOL (Text to phone) 33400130698163 Adult Nonfiction CD Available -
Easton Public Library ACD 576.8 KOLBERT, ELIZABETH (Text to phone) 37777122335573 Adult Nonfiction CD Available -
Hagaman Memorial Library - East Haven CD 576.84 KOL (Text to phone) 31953127955352 Adult Nonfiction CD Available -
Kent Memorial Library - Suffield CDA 576.8 K (Text to phone) 32518129842038 Adult Book on CD Available -
Mark Twain Library Association - Redding BOT CD 576.8 Kol (Text to phone) 33620125238655 Adult Book on CD Available -
New Milford Public Library CD BOOK 576.84 KOL (Text to phone) 34021128571235 Adult Nonfiction CD Available -
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General Note:
Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Duration: 8:30:00.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director and producer, Robert Kessler ; associate producer, Joanna Solotaroff.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Anne Twomey ; with a prologue by the author.
Summary, etc.:
Provides an 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, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
Subject: Mass extinctions.
Extinction (Biology)
Environmental disasters.
Genre: Audiobooks.

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*Starred Review* It didn't take long for Homo sapiens to begin reassembling the biosphere, observes Kolbert, a Heinz Award-winning New Yorker staff writer and author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (2006). By burning fossil fuels, we are rapidly changing the atmosphere, the oceans, and the climate, forcing potentially millions of species into extinction. Five watershed events in the deep past decimated life on earth, hence the designation Sixth Extinction for today's ­human-propelled crisis. To lay the groundwork for understanding this massive die-off, Kolbert crisply tells the stories of such earlier losses as the American mastodon and the great auk and provides an orienting overview of evolutionary and ecological science. She then chronicles her adventures in the field with biologists, botanists, and geologists investigating the threats against amphibians, bats, coral, and rhinos. Intrepid and astute, Kolbert combines vivid, informed, and awestruck descriptions of natural wonders, from rain forests to the Great Barrier Reef, and wryly amusing tales about such dicey situations as nearly grabbing onto a tree branch harboring a fist-sized tarantula, swimming among poisonous jellyfish, and venturing into a bat cave; each dispatch is laced with running explanations of urgent scientific inquiries and disquieting findings. Rendered with rare, resolute, and resounding clarity, Kolbert's compelling and enlightening report forthrightly addresses the most significant topic of our lives.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist

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This would be a profoundly depressing book if it were not written so very well. Journalist/author Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe, CH, Dec'06, 44-2169) describes, often via personal experiences, the devastation humanity has inflicted on the natural world, producing a sixth mass extinction in the long history of life. She sets the context with some of the best and most accurate accounts, for a popular audience, of the previous catastrophes and then presents several case studies of ecosystem collapse caused by human depredations, accidental or intentional. The modern stories range from the extinction of the great auk to a heartbreaking account of recent mass mortality among North American bats. The bright thread that nonetheless shines through the gloomy narrative is the response of some dedicated scientists to these events. Many have devoted their lives to understanding the complex, varied mechanisms of this biodiversity disaster, contributing solutions to save at least a few endangered species and communities. The author tells their stories so well that the book reads as an adventure suspense tale. The science is detailed, accurate, up-to-date, and accessible to any educated readership. This important book is valuable for all library collections. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. --Mark A. Wilson, College of Wooster

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In this deeply felt and well-researched report, Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe) argues that, unlike prior mass extinction events that were caused by natural disasters, the current accelerated disappearance of animal and plant species can be blamed on human activities. Adopting the term Anthropocene, as first coined by Eugene F. Stoermer, Kolbert contends that the advent of humans as the dominant species on Earth marks a distinct geologic age during which the environment is shaped not by nature but by humans. She further explains that environmental changes are happening at a rate faster than that which can be accommodated by normal evolutionary processes, hastening the demise of species ranging from amphibians to bats to coral reefs. The narration by Anne Twomey is solid, if occasionally robotic. verdict An important book, highly recommended. ["This solid, engaging, multidisciplinary science title should appeal to a broad range of science enthusiasts, particularly those interested in environmental conservation," read the starred review of the Holt hc, LJ 2/15/14.]-Forrest E. Link, Coll. of New Jersey, Ewing Twp. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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New Yorker staff writer Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe) accomplishes an amazing feat in her latest book, which superbly blends the depressing facts associated with rampant species extinctions and impending ecosystem collapse with stellar writing to produce a text that is accessible, witty, scientifically accurate, and impossible to put down. The eponymous extinction refers to the fact that the current rate of species loss is approaching that of the mass extinctions that ended five previous geologic epochs. Kolbert's reporting takes her from the Andes to the Great Barrier Reef, and from a bare rock island off the coast of Iceland to a cave near Albany, N.Y. Throughout, she combines a historical perspective with the best modern science on offer, while bringing both scientists and species to life. As dire as our problems are today, Kolbert explains that they did not begin with the industrial revolution: "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." Kolbert, however, offers some optimism based on the passion the concept of extinction evokes: "Such is the pain the loss of a single species causes that we're willing to perform ultrasounds on rhinos and handjobs on crows." (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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