The mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs was known to have coincided with Earth getting hit by an asteroid. Next time, we may be the asteroid, according to Elizabeth Kolbert’s new book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” Kolbert writes that humans are not only “witnessing one of the rarest events in life’s history, we are also causing it.”

Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for New Yorker Magazine; and author of "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" and "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change"

  • Dr. A. Cannara

    We who contribute to KQED might want a better interviewer, who doesn’t divert the discussion by showing off partial knowledge in smarmy tones.

    As for acidification, Kolbert is indeed right, and we need to get cracking on it, as JFK opened the possibility, without knowing all about it:

    Our descendants are watching and will rightly spit on our graves, if those can be found.

    Dr. A. Cannara
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