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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Elizabeth Kolbert on environment, humans, extinction, evolution, science, motivation, focus and history.

30 Elizabeth Kolbert Quotes That Throw Light On Human Evolution And Life

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Elizabeh Kolbert is an American author and journalist, who has made a name for herself as one of the noted voices on issues related to the environment. She has won multiple awards for her stellar work throughout her career. Kolbert was educated at Mamaroneck High School and then attended Yale University, where she studied literature. Kolbert started her career in Germany with ‘The New York Times’ in 1983 as a freelancer and eventually went on to become the chief of ‘New York Times’ Albany bureau. Kolber has been associated with the magazine ‘New Yorker’ as a staff writer since 1999 and has carved a niche for herself as one of the world’s leading reporter on environmentalism. Other than her work as a journalist, Kolbert has also written some books and some of the noted ones include ‘The Prophet of Love: And Other Tales of Power and Deceit’, ‘Field Notes from a Catastrophe’ and ‘Welcome to the Greenhouse’. She won the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ for ‘The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History’. Kolbert has won the ‘National Magazine Award’ twice and had also been awarded the ‘Heinz Award’ in 2010. Here are some of her most profound quotes and sayings which have been excerpted from her work, life, writings, interviews and thoughts as an author and journalist. Read on the compilation of quotations and sayings by Elizabeh Kolbert.
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Though it might be nice to imagine there once was a time when man lived in harmony with nature, it’s not clear that he ever really did.

Elizabeth Kolbert

A sign in the Hall of Biodiversity offers a quote from the Stanford ecologist Paul Ehrlich: IN PUSHING OTHER SPECIES TO EXTINCTION, HUMANITY IS BUSY SAWING OFF THE LIMB ON WHICH IT PERCHES.

Elizabeth Kolbert

The current extinction has its own novel cause: not an asteroid or a massive volcanic eruption but "one weedy species.

Elizabeth Kolbert

With the exception of humans, all the great apes today are facing oblivion.

Elizabeth Kolbert

The work is going well, but it looks like it might be the end of the world.”)

Elizabeth Kolbert

Within the next fifty years or so “all coral reefs will cease to grow and start to dissolve.

Elizabeth Kolbert

We’re seeing right now that a mass extinction can be caused by human beings.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Basically, if you were a triceratops in Alberta, you had about two minutes before you got vaporized” is how one geologist put it to me.

Elizabeth Kolbert

A single-continent world would be expected to contain only about a third as many mammalian species as currently exist.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Powdered horn is snorted like cocaine.)

Elizabeth Kolbert

Coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef has declined by fifty percent just in the last thirty years.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Assuming that humans continue to burn fossil fuels, the oceans will continue to absorb carbon dioxide and will become increasingly acidified.

Elizabeth Kolbert

The birds do not like this camera,” Sveinsson said. “So they fly over it and shit on it.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Where the kids routinely outscored the apes was in tasks that involved reading social cues.

Elizabeth Kolbert

All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body nature is, and God the soul.

Elizabeth Kolbert

On Easter Island concluded that it wasn’t humans who deforested the landscape; rather, it was the rats

Elizabeth Kolbert

These days every wild place has, to one degree or another, been cut into and cut off.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Meanwhile, an even stranger and more radical transformation is under way. Having discovered subterranean reserves of energy, humans begin to change the composition of the atmosphere.

Elizabeth Kolbert

That a molecule of CO2 generated by burning fossil fuels will, in the course of its lifetime in the atmosphere, trap a hundred thousand times more heat than was released in producing it.

Elizabeth Kolbert

The crisis Cuvier discerned just beyond the edge of recorded history was us.

Elizabeth Kolbert

How to perform an ultrasound with one arm up a rhino’s rectum.

Elizabeth Kolbert

As a general rule, the variety of life is most impoverished at the poles and richest at low latitudes.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Every year more non-indigenous species of mammals, birds, amphibians, turtles, lizards, and snakes are brought into the U.S. than the country has native species of these groups.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Given a shave and a new suit, the pair wrote, a Neanderthal probably would attract no more attention on a New York City subway “than some of its other denizens.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Some 365 billion metric tons of carbon to the atmosphere.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Coral cover in the Caribbean has in recent decades declined by close to eighty percent.

Elizabeth Kolbert

How many people must have sailed out and vanished on the Pacific before you found Easter Island?

Elizabeth Kolbert

Asian elephants have declined by fifty percent over the last three generations.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Of the world’s eight species of bears, six are categorized either as “vulnerable” to extinction or “endangered.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Don’t step on any dead bats.” It took me a moment to realize he was joking.

Elizabeth Kolbert