Analysis Of Elizabeth Kobert's The Sixth Extinction

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For the lucky ones, growth and advancements leading towards a healthier and wealthier life than their grandparents is a good thing, but at what cost? The less fortunate just continue to suffer even more, and the destruction of other species begin. Deaton attempts to sugar coat the harm that humans have done to this world to make it the place we live in today. I believe it is safe to say Deaton has a very optimistic view of contemporary history. Some may agree and even praise Deaton for such beliefs but I personally believe he is only being naive to the real problems that need to be addressed.
In addition to inequality, death and illnesses made by humans should be looked into with great prominence. Elizabeth Kolbert does just that in her New York Times Bestseller, The Sixth Extinction. Elizabeth Kolbert, an American Journalist, focuses her writing on environmental and societal factors while addressing
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Jared Diamond is an American ecologist, geographer, biologist, and anthropologist. In Diamond’s book, The Collapse; How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, he provides an overview of ecological problems that can lead to a society’s collapse. In his attempt to predict a society's collapse, he outlines eight categories that past societies have used to damage their environments, and to say they are disquieting is an understatement (Diamond).
These damaging factors include overfishing, effects of introduced species, human population growth, increased per-capita impact of people, deforestation and habitat destruction, soil problems (such as erosion and salinization), water management problems, and overhunting. No matter the advances of technology and other resourceful tools we cannot escape these harmful acts caused by humans. Like Kolbert, Diamond recognizes man-made problems that will only become worse as time goes on

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