The Sixth Extinction

May 8th, 2014
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When the nuclear age dawned, people spoke of being “present at the creation.”  Man suddenly had the ability to completely remake  the world anew, or even to destroy it. Today, we have that same power.  The environmental crises we face, driven by the pillars of population growth, technology and short term thinking, also give us the power to destroy the world.
In fact, much of the destruction may be underway already and it may even be too late to reverse some of it.  We may be entering what Elizabeth Kolbert calls The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

My conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert: