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Read: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

IMG_0531Når min eksamen giver mig lov, er jeg lige nu i gang med at læse The Sixth Extinction af Elizabeth Kolbert. Så vidt jeg ved, er den endnu ikke udkommet på dansk, men jeg læser også så sjældent oversættelser efterhånden.

Bog handler i bund og grund om den sjette verdensudslettelse som vi er midt i – vi har haft fem store før (den mest kendte, er nok dinosaurerne ~65 mil. år siden). Men det der er anderledes ved denne er, at den er menneskeskabt. Det er altså pludselig ikke naturkatastrofer eller eksterne ting fra rummet, men i stedet er det en af de levende væsner på jorden, som er i gang med at udrydde størstedelen af de andre. Spændende? Meget. Et tungt emne? Mon ikke.

Jeg havde om Green Cultural Studies (natur+litteratur+populærkultur som går op i en højere enhed) som mit bachelorfag og fik derfra en interesse indenfor emnet. Da jeg så var i København for et godt stykke tid siden, faldt jeg over denne bog i Politikens Boghandel og var nødt til at eje den!

Bagteksten er således:

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW’S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving 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; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

Jeg har mange andre bøger på min To-Read Liste og jeg skal nok vise dem frem, når jeg når til dem!

Håber at I også har nogle gode bøger I nyder!

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I’ve started reading The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. As the title states, it’s about the extinction we’re right in the middle of – the sequel to the other big fives (the dinos being the most popular of these). What’s different about this one is that it is man-made; it is literally started by us humans. It makes for some interesting, if at times heavy, reading and you can read the blurb above.

I have a bunch of other books on my to-read list and I’ll introduce them one by one, as I get to them. Hope you guys are also reading some wonderful books.

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