Category Archives: Habitations

Elizabeth Kolbert on The Sixth Extinction

New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert discusses her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” The book explores the five major mass extinction events that have occurred on the Earth over the last half billion years. Kolbert contrasts these prior mass extinctions with the sixth major mass extinction event, which we are in the midst of today. This time, instead of an asteroid of a sudden glaciation event, humans are the culprit.

ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten on Fracking, BP, and the Drought Crisis

Abrahm Lustgarten, a senior investigative reporter at ProPublica, discusses his reporting on the drought crisis in the western United States, and on the safety risks of fracking for natural gas. He also talks about the corporate culture within BP that led up to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the subject of his 2012 book called ‘Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.’ He compares the culture within BP that led up to the Deepwater Horizon tragedy with the culture he sees across the drilling industry now.