Books Carl Lipo Books by Carl Lipo Carl Lipo has written books about: Nonfiction History & Society Science & Health Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Carl Lipo Robert Krulwich/NPR Krulwich Wonders... What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario December 10, 2013 Whatever happened on Easter Island, it wasn't good. Polynesians landed there, farmed, thrived, built their famous statues, and then things went very bad, very fast. Sixteen million trees vanished. What happened? Was this a case of ecological collapse? Not exactly, say two anthropologists. It was, arguably, worse than that.