Five times over the course of the Earth’s life, a geological period has ended with a mass obliteration of living species. These extinctions had natural causes, but the next one, the one many scientists believe is under way now, is caused by human activities. In what might be part two of her previous book on climate change, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, Kolbert looks at the disturbing—and very fast—reductions in the populations of species ranging from frogs to bats to coral reefs. (Holt)
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