PDF/EPUB Adventures in the anthropocene A journey to the heart of the planet we made
PDF/EPUB Adventures in the anthropocene A journey to the heart of the planet we made
Adventures in the Anthropocene is a mediocre travelogue where the author visits places around the world living on the so called front lines of climate change and talks to people figuring out what if anything they can do to soften the blow If you like Anthony Bourdain but hate food and want to hear even of his awful politics this might satisfy you Obnoxious messages of hope are sprinkled liberally in between stories of catastrophes and the worse to come which get freuent and hopeful as the book eaches its dull conclusion which happened to be an amazingly cheesy and brightly optimistic prediction of the future as seen through the eyes of her fictional son Her vision of the future is both straddles the line between an incredibly utopian future and a banal uninspiring future much like our ownI did find the talk of geoengineering interesting despite its superficial treatment It just hammers home how much humanity has changed the landscape of the Earth We are now forced to figure out how to artificially do what nature was providing us for free Sadly a book that could have had a lot interesting things to say about this age and what survival will entail was exactly what I expected from mainstream book about climate change of the same The book explores the notion that we are at the end of our evolutionary Holocene Era and entering into the Anthropocene a time when the planet and its geology and history is being shaped by man She explores the traditional and current situations across the globe in a variety of settings and cultures incl Savannahs ainforest mountains oceans and cities to see where we ve been and where we e heading and how the most primitive people are adapting She does not argue global warming but shows epeatedly around the world how it is already here Although it s a good book you should ead it s still a bit naive We haven t sunk a dime into infrastructure in 50 years no one is going to pay to etrofit millions of buildings for energy efficiency nor tear them down and put up new thoughtful ones We can t even get our computers to stay upgraded I ead this class as a euired eading in my Master of Environmental Studies program It is as accurate as a book about climate degradation that is sponsored by Wells Fargo and Target can be it isn t She flies all over the world to make commentary on global climate degradation How much carbon footprint did those jet trips leave Adventures in the Anthropocene gave me a great opportunity to sharpen my adar for work based on false evidence that is touted as science From political history to sweeping scientific claims she makes the mistakes are glaring and the message she is trying to convey is hard to even try to understand If you want a fictional story that pretends to be scientific check this book out If you are looking for scholarly work or eferences to history and science that are actually true try eading something that isn t sponsored by corporations that are heavily invested in fossil fuels This book was for me exceptional in many ways Vince effectively captures the essence and idea of the anthropocene convincingly She gives a a measured description of the current and future threats to our man made epoch one which could yet prove to be very short lived and at the same time describes with a mixture of enthusiasm and caution the technologies of our epoch that could be at our disposal to help provide solutions to the threats we have created ourselvesWithout being overly technical yet lucid well explained and. We all know our planet is in crisis and that it is largely our fault But all too often the full picture of change is obstructed by dense data sets and particular catastrophes Struggling with this obscurity in her ole as an editor at Nature Gaia Vince decided to travel the world and see for herself what life is eally like for people on the frontline of this new.
Very well laid out this book eads like a dream for someone like me who likes this sort of wide anging material to be sensible and ordered There is no amble no words wasted and as a esult of such a direct and interesting approach much of this has stuck with me indefinitely and has aised my interest no end in environmental issuesI don t know as yet if there are better books in this genre but in some ways this doesn t matter This one has grabbed my attention and focus and for that I am extremely grateful Also somewhat scared anxious and exhilarated all at the same timeI can t ecommend this book based solely in terms of my knowledge of the genre I have little if any but if you are like me and looking for a way in this is clearly a player Great Summary of a Human Controlled Earth A Must Read if it s useful we ll keep it if not well One of the most simple phrases taken This is a well written book that catalogs all of the ways in which humans are destroying the earth without egard They are esponsible for mass extinction of animals They are esponsible for destruction of our natural esourcesOK there is to it than that but that is the unfortunate eality Why Well because that is what capitalism does Sell off the animals plants and esource to the highest bidder leaving behind a swath of destruction in its path The ich get icher and the poor get left behind Ms Vince does try to keep things positive by pointing out how innovation and invention may solve some major issues Despite her best efforts it is pretty clear that if humans do manage to survive the planet will be a very different place It will be a manufactured world not esembling what I consider beautiful or natural Why don t people care about their planet Why do I constantly see trash on the side of the oad Why do we value consumerism over environmentalism How much can the planet endure before people ealize that the current trajectory of human exploitation is unsustainableThis book aises a lot of uestions about the way we live our lives but in the end I just felt sad for my children Gift from Genna Our planet is constantly changing The energy that it eceives from the sun drives the weather systems across the globe and feeds the plants that keep the oxygen cycle going The internal processes of plate tectonics and erosion mean that the landscapes are constantly changing too But now there is an extra factor too our love of fossil fuels is changing the atmosphere in ways that we cannot fully understand though the trends are there if you care enough to look The data on all these changes is immense so Gaia Vince editor at Nature decided the best way to understand the immensity of the changes happening would be to go and see it herselfHer travels takes her to the ooftop of the world to see artificial glaciers being created mountains being painted white to increase the albedo and looks at the positive and negative effects of dams She tracks across deserts climbs mountains tiptoes through sewage and walks on one man s solution to the ising sea levels floating islands and speaks to the head of a country that is going to disappear under the waves in the next few yearsIt is an interesting book on the way that we have changed the planet so far and the long term implications for dramatic change As the world changes in dramatic ways she sees human ingenuity in solving the problems that are being aised as the climate changes By going to these places herself and seeing the problems first hand she gets a better ov. Reality What she found was a number people doing the most extraordinary thingsDuring her journey she finds a man who is making artificial glaciers in Nepal along with an individual who is painting mountains white to attract snowfall; take the electrified eefs of the Maldives; or the man who's making islands out of ubbish in the Caribbean These are ordinary pe.
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Erall view of the state of the globe and thankfully does not hold back with her opinions as to what is happening Even though it is four years since it was published it is still a prescient book but it would be nice to have a evised edition soon The only downside for me was the epilogue it was a very speculative and even hopeful vision of our world in 2100 a planet that had changed in so many ways I can t imagine that it would be as comfortable as that To live in interesting times is what it is to live in the Anthropocene era The era when humans dominate the biosphere and for better or worse have become its helmsman Our impact has been disruptive of the whole ecosystem as the five extinction events that proceeded us It is not as black as all that We are developing world shattering technologies which are at the same time transforming human life mostly for the better We are in a ace between paradise and perdition No one knows how the story will turn out but one thing we know for sure is that there is no going back Vince s eclectic odyssey through the emerging Anthropocene epoch is in eual measures enlightening entertaining and frustrating Chapter by chapter she travels through the world s physical and geographical egions in turn discussing how humans are transforming ivers farmlands deserts forests cities and so on At her best she puts human faces to the dramatic shifts illustrating both the power and esilience of our species But she fails to piece together the politics and discourses of the Anthropocene epeatedly swallowing often without uestion the simultaneously catastrophic and technologically utopian discourses of scientists and engineers So although she often shows eal sensitivity to the interests of the world s poorest and worst affected people the solutions she offers are largely high tech from geoengineering to wolves genetically modified not to like the taste of cattleNostalgia for the untamed ivers of the Holocene suggests Vince is a pointless sentiment But without a greater empathy for the people species and systems of the planet the Anthropocene she envisages would be a heartless place an artificial pastiche of a flourishing planetAll in all well worth a ead but with a eflexive mindset There are many possible Anthropocenes Vince describes some hints at but frames out most especially those where social and cultural learning takes pride of place over technological progress In this book Gaia Vince explores the past present and future of a variety of biomes in the Anthropocene the new geological era caused by all the major ways humans have changed the very nature of our planet She writes about how these ecosystems used to function during the Holocene before significant disruption by humans and mourns their loss but also writes about how these changes are affecting the humans who live there the creative solutions humans have come up with to adapt to a changing world and what future prospects may look like Vince is of a techno optimist than most environmentalists and seems confident that humans will find clean energy solutions to the climate crisis although even she does not have a very hopeful prognosis for coral eefs or small island nations I appreciate that she spends a good amount of time on climate change but also addresses other environmental issues that are less commonly talked about I learned a lot from this book and would highly ecommend it along with The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History to anyone interested in environmental issues. Ople who are solving severe crises in crazy ingenious effective ways While Vince does not mince words egarding the challenging position our species is in these wonderful stories combined with the new science that underpins Gaia's expertise and esearch make for a persuasive illuminating and strangely hopeful ead on what the Anthropocene means for our futur.
Gaia Vince is a freelance British environmental journalist broadcaster and non fiction author Vince a dual British and Australian national is a chemist who studied at King’s College London and then at the University of Bordeaux before undertaking a masters in engineering design To fund her university studies Vince freelanced as a journalist and at the Science Museum building a tandem caree