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According to the United Nations Environment Program, our planet is losing 1050 to 1400 plant, insect, and animal species each week. This is nearly 1,000 times the "natural" rate; indeed, the highest kill-rate experienced since the demise of the dinosaurs nearly 65 million years ago. This new book by New Yorker writer and Field Notes from a Catastrophe author Elizabeth Kolbert takes us into both past extinctions and future possible calamities. The Sixth Extinction is not, however, a science fiction fantasy; it is based on her consultation with dozens of scientists and other researchers. Essential reading for those concerned with our environment.