Magazine article New Internationalist

Adventures in the Anthropocene

Magazine article New Internationalist

Adventures in the Anthropocene

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Adventures in the Anthropocene by Gaia Vince (Chatto and Windus, ISBN 9780701187347)

Science journalist Gaia Vince ditched her desk job at Nature to explore our planet's new epoch shaped by human activity. Under the framing question 'will our species survive and how?', the resulting book takes us on a tour of the Earth's ecosystems - atmosphere, oceans, rivers, cities - offering a potted geophysical history of each before laying out threats posed by climate change.

Along the way, she celebrates inspirational figures struggling to adapt - fog-harvesters in Peru or glacier-makers in Nepal - in prose that is accessible and vivid; fossils are 'tatooed into the planet's skin', a shrinking glacier is a 'dirty apostrophe' between two mountains.

Vince even-handedly explores dilemmas such as whether Chile should sacrifice pristine Patagonia for clean, hydroelectric power. …

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