We live in epoch-making times. Literally. The changes we humans have made in recent decades have altered our world beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.5 billion-year history -- we have become a force on a par with earth-shattering asteroids and planet-cloaking volcanoes.
As a result, our planet is said to be crossing a geological boundary -- from the Holocene into the Anthropocene, or Age of Man.
Gaia Vince decided to quit her job at science journal Nature, and travel the world at the start of this new age to explore what all these changes really mean -- especially for the people living on the frontline of the planet we’ve made.
She found ordinary people solving severe crises in ingenious, effective ways. Take the retired railway worker who’s building artificial glaciers in the Himalayas, for example, or the Peruvian painting mountains white to retain snowfall. Meet the villagers in India using satellite technology to glean water; and the women farmers in Africa combining the latest genetic discoveries with ancient irrigation techniques; witness the electrified reefs in the Maldives and the man who’s making islands out of rubbish in the Caribbean.
Alongside these extraordinary -- and inspiring -- stories, Gaia looks at how humanity's changes are reshaping our living planet, transforming our relationship with the natural world, and explores how we might engineer Earth for our future.
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"An excellent book... Vince writes with great freshness and vigour, and her stories are hard to stop reading" (Caspar Henderson Daily Telegraph)
"A heroic and important work with a happy ending" (Bryan Appleyard Sunday Times)
"Ambitious and provocative... brilliant" (Philip Hoare, author of LEVIATHAN and THE SEA INSIDE Literary Review)
"A story of optimism about how 10 billion people can in future live together and prosper... Fresh and unencumbered. Vince glides from ecology to economics, politics to philosophy, seeing it all through the people she meets" (Fred Pearce New Scientist)
"A beautifully human and optimistic book filled with stories of ordinary people who simply refuse to give up" (Howard Falcon-Lang BBC Focus)
"Ms Vince's focus on individuals and places helps ground the science in reality... [her] case studies are fascinating" ( The Economist)
"A beautifully written book that raises the most profound question of our time: "How should we live?" In the past, this has been primarily a personal question. But, as Gaia Vince amply demonstrates, what was once a personal question has become the central question for us as a species -- and the fate of nearly every species on our planet (including our own) rests on our answer." (Ken Caldeira, Professor of Environmental Earth Systems Sciences, Stanford University)
"I love this book. Gaia Vince effortlessly weaves individual stories into an epic, global narrative, to present us with a positive vision of a humane, brave new world" (Alice Roberts)
"A fine and timely book. Gaia Vince shows us how to stay steady and cheerful despite the ever intensifying drama of the Anthropocene" (James Lovelock)
"Fascinating, troubling and remarkably cool-headed" ( Wanderlust)
"Gaia's remarkable journey is a unique inventory of life on earth, both wild and human, at this important moment in our history." (Bill Oddie)
"Waht is the Anthropocene world really like? Science editor and journalist Gaia Vince set off to find out... Highly recommended" (Jan Zalasiewicz Geologist)
"A brilliant book, full of examples of fighting back against climate change in unexpected and courageous ways" (Tim Flannery, founder of The Climate Council, Australia; Chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council)
"Our species has exploded into a new kind of force – one species able to alter the physical, chemical and biological properties of the planet on a geological scale. Gaia Vince’s important book provides the evolutionary, temporal and biophysical context to show with clarity the stunning speed and magnitude of the human footprint on the planet. She manages to inspire with hope while conveying a cry of urgency." (David Suzuki, author of THE SACRED BALANCE)
"Have you seen the state of our planet? Gaia Vince has. She travelled the globe for two years to investigate what we are doing to it, and this heroic feat of reporting is the result. She, and her readers, are left wiser, sometimes sadder, but still holding on to a core optimism about possible futures for our world." (Jon Turney, author of THE ROUGH GUIDE TO THE FUTURE)
We are entering a new geological epoch -- the Anthropocene, or Age of Man. Gaia Vince travelled the world to understand what this new age will mean for us, and future generations
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Descrizione libro Chatto & Windus, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Includes dust jacket. A slight tan to the page edges. Slight shelfwear to the dust jacket. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Codice libro della libreria mon0006518194
Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Codice libro della libreria GOR006148800