The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert book club discussion questions

We will be reading The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert at the next Las Vegas Non-Fiction Book Group. These are the questions that I will use to keep discussion going.

1) Has reading this book changed your views about climate change in any way?
2) Did you find what you learned in this book alarming?
3) What do you think about the example of the ammonite – they were perfectly adapted to their environment, but the catastrophic effects of the asteroid still resulted in their extinction.
4) Do you see any way of slowing the acidification of the ocean? (pg118 tipping point is pH 7.8 – expected 2100)
5) Do you think the “islands on dry land” method of studying small ecosystems can help us to predict the effect of our actions our larger ecosystem?
6) In some parts of the world the number of species has dropped, in some parts of the world the number of species has increased. How does this add to the difficulty of predicting the future?
7) What percentage Neanderthal are you?
8) How far would you go to stop a species from becoming extinct? Give a rhino an internal ultrasound? Give a crow a handjob?
9) Do you think that Kolbert remains unbiased about the subject?
10) Do you think you will change the way you live as a result of reading this book?

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