Lively, illuminating explanation of new scientific term ‘the Anthropocene -- the age of man -- through the stories of people living on its frontline
Scientists are agreed that we are at the start of a new epoch, called the Anthropocene, the first to be defined and determined by only one organim -- man.
We all know our planet is in crisis, and it’'s our fault. But all too often it’'s hard to get a full picture of what’'s really going on, what it all means, from all the facts and stats. So Gaia Vince, news editor of the science journal Nature, decided to travel the world to see for herself what life is really like for people on the frontline of this new age.
Gaia found people doing the most extraordinary things. Take the man who is making artificial glaciers in Nepal, for example, or the one who'’s painting mountains white to attract snowfall; take the electrified reefs of the Maldives; or the man who’'s making islands out of rubbish in the Caribbean. These are ordinary people who are solving severe crises in crazy, ingenious, effective ways. These wonderful stories, combined with the new science that underpins Gaia’'s expertise and research, make for a persuasive, illuminating – and very hopeful – read about what the Anthropocene means for all of us and how we are to survive the coming centuries.
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GAIA VINCE is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in science and the environment. She has been the front editor of the journal Nature Climate Change, the news editor of Nature and online editor of New Scientist. She writes for newspapers including the Guardian, The Times, Science, Scientific American, Australian Geographic, Seed and the Australian. She devises and presents programmes about the Anthropocene on BBC radio, blogs at WanderingGaia.com and tweets at @WanderingGaia.Review:
"An excellent book... Vince writes with great freshness and vigour, and her stories are hard to stop reading" -- Caspar Henderson Daily Telegraph "It holds a mirror up to humanity and says: look what you have done to the world, the only world you will ever have... in every sense a good book, as well as a compelling read" -- Tim Radford Guardian "A heroic and important work with a happy ending" -- Bryan Appleyard Sunday Times "A masterpiece... a wondrous, remarkable, but heart-rending story" Ecologist "A masterpiece... a wondrous, remarkable, but heart-rending story" Ecologist "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
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