Planet Earth has faced five mass extinctions in its lifetime. Now we may be facing the sixth. What have we learned from the previous mass extinctions that can help us avoid a total collapse? Can humanity rescue the planet that it has imperiled? Maria Armoudian talks to Annalee Newitz and Elizabeth Kolbert about how we can avoid a sixth mass extinction.

Annalee Newitz is a journalist and author. She is the author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction.

Elizabeth Kolbert is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.

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