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Elizabeth Kolbert

Autor(a) de The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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About the Author

Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her series on global warming, The Climate of Man, won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's magazine writing award and a National Academies communications award. She is a two-time National Magazine Award winner. She has mostrar mais written several books including Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Elizabeth Kolbert

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009 (2009) — Editor — 181 cópias
The Arctic: An Anthology (2007) — Editor — 18 cópias
The Arctic 2 cópias

Associated Works

The Best American Science Writing 2006 (2006) — Contribuinte — 263 cópias
The Best American Science Writing 2007 (2007) — Contribuinte — 237 cópias
The Best American Essays 2019 (2019) — Contribuinte — 131 cópias
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016 (2016) — Contribuinte — 129 cópias
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017 (2017) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias
The Best American Science Writing 2010 (2010) — Contribuinte — 105 cópias
Climate Change: Picturing the Science (2009) — Contribuinte — 75 cópias
Fragile Earth: Views of a Changing World (2006) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
The Best American Magazine Writing 2006 (2006) — Contribuinte — 65 cópias
Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us (2021) — Contribuinte — 62 cópias
A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity (2012) — Contribuinte — 48 cópias
The Hidden Life of Ice: Dispatches from a Disappearing World (2019) — Prefácio, algumas edições29 cópias
The Best American Political Writing 2002 (2002) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Lost Fish: Anthologies of the Work of the Comte De Lacepede (2009) — Introdução, algumas edições13 cópias
Writers on Earth: New Visions for Our Planet (2019) — Prefácio, algumas edições2 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
The New York Times
The New Yorker
Lannan Literary Fellowship (2006)
Pequena biografia
Elizabeth Kolbert (born 1961) is an American journalist and author and visiting fellow at Williams College. She spent her early childhood in the Bronx, New York; her family then relocated to Larchmont, New York, where she remained until 1979.

After graduating from Mamaroneck High School, Kolbert spent four years studying literature at Yale University. In 1983, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Universität Hamburg, in Germany.

Elizabeth Kolbert started working for The New York Times in 1983. Since 1999, she has been a staff-writer for The New Yorker.



A series of bite-size essays about climate, some fiercely hopeful, some sobering. True, humans have already altered the climate in ways that are already having an effect and will continue to do so; also true, that we can still turn things around and slow climate change. Countries who aren't already relying on coal and gas can "leapfrog" straight to renewable energy like solar and wind - IF the developed countries that largely created the problem in the first place will step up and help out. We are all in this together.


"Hope is the pillar that holds up the world" -Pliny the Elder
Go looking for hopeful climate stories and they turn up everywhere. (52)

"The history of climate change is one of compounding injustices." (Mohamed Adow, Power Shift Africa, 68)

"Narratives are socially constructed 'stories' that make sense of events." (Climatic Change, 82)

People who believe in a brighter future are more likely to put in the effort required to achieve it. (82)

All our infrastructure has been built with the climate of the past in mind. (135)
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JennyArch | Apr 8, 2024 |
I finally got around to reading this book, which combines climate science, natural history with focus on evolution and extinction. I did really like it, she does a nice job of making science accessible.
banjo123 | outras 162 resenhas | Mar 31, 2024 |
Each chapter outlines a phenomenon or concept through which it's possible to understand a human-caused factor leading to extinction. e.g.:

- Ocean Acidification, and it's impact on molluscs / corals / etc
- How the way we carve up ecosystems (via roads, forestry, etc) means that species become more climate-sensitive, because they can't move to cooler climates as easily
- How global travel / import / export homogenizes ecosystems, how introduced species fail to take, establish themselves, or take over
- The extinction of the Megadons, huge animals, whose evolutionary advantage has historically been 'no predators' at a certain age, but who produce young slowly, turn out to be enormously sensitive to even a small amount of hunting as a species.

I was impressed at how each chapter built off the others -- there's lots of spots where two or three phenomena are interrelated, and the author does a great job of tying these things together, and explaining enormously complex concepts in an understandable way.

I expected *not* to like this book -- I wasn't sure what it was going to be, thought it would be preachy -- but it's an exploration of beautiful, subtle things in the world, and how a lot of it is dying. It's a tragedy more than a science book.

The whole thing is written in an investigative journalist style, the author writes in the first person a lot and details her meetings with individual people in remote locations, and what they ate for dinner, etc. I found this a little annoying at first, but it kinda becomes endearing. The author plays the role of a curious investigator / curious learner well, and the narration is easy to relate to.
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capnfabs | outras 162 resenhas | Mar 9, 2024 |
A sobering subject handled very well. The author examines different species and each represents challenges that many species are facing. Disease, climate change, habitat loss. She writes in such a way that you can still enjoy the encounters in the changing world and gain a feeling for what we could be losing
cspiwak | outras 162 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |



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