By Gaia Vince

ISBN-10: 157131928X

ISBN-13: 9781571319289

We know our planet is in difficulty, and that it really is principally our fault. yet all too frequently the complete photograph of switch is obstructed via dense information units and specific catastrophes. suffering from this obscurity in her function as an editor at Nature, Gaia Vince made up our minds to shuttle the area and notice for herself what existence is absolutely like for individuals at the frontline of this new truth. What she chanced on was once a bunch humans doing the main amazing things.

During her trip she reveals a guy who's making man made glaciers in Nepal besides anyone who's portray mountains white to draw snowstorm; take the electrified reefs of the Maldives; or the fellow who's making islands out of garbage within the Caribbean. those are traditional those people who are fixing serious crises in loopy, creative, potent methods. whereas Vince doesn't mince phrases concerning the difficult place our species is in, those outstanding tales, mixed with the hot technological know-how that underpins Gaia's services and study, make for a persuasive, illuminating — and surprisingly hopeful — learn on what the Anthropocene skill for our destiny.

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When the pollution layer was at first called the Asian Brown Cloud, India complained, and so the United Nations Environment Programme renamed the haze ‘Atmospheric Brown Cloud’ during its follow-up study. The warming effect of the brown haze adds to that of the greenhouse gases, and is hastening the retreat of the Hindu Kush glaciers and snow packs, including the snow that melts to drive Mahabir’s turbines, partly because rising air temperatures are more pronounced in elevated regions. And black unburnt carbon in the filthy clouds is being deposited on these white peaks, reducing their reflectivity and exacerbating ice melt.

He points out a rather grand, newly finished hut. ‘Girls’ composting toilet,’ he says, taking me inside. He smiles and pats the internal wall approvingly, as I stand awkwardly either side of the hole, trying not to notice the smell of, um, toilets. ‘The compost works very well for growing vegetables,’ he says. 25 ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE As nations develop, societies work in increasingly technical, mechanised and complex ways, and entirely new jobs emerge to support these industries, most of which demand literacy and numeracy.

He smiles and pats the internal wall approvingly, as I stand awkwardly either side of the hole, trying not to notice the smell of, um, toilets. ‘The compost works very well for growing vegetables,’ he says. 25 ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE As nations develop, societies work in increasingly technical, mechanised and complex ways, and entirely new jobs emerge to support these industries, most of which demand literacy and numeracy. Globalisation favours those who speak international languages, and the people who will shape our lives in the Anthropocene will be those whose understanding and experience goes far beyond small village life, and those who are able to negotiate the accumulated learning, wisdom and knowledge generated by millions of global citizens via the hive mind of the worldwide web.

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