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Adventures in the Anthropocene
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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. Alon
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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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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

About the Author

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. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, The Times, Science, Scientific American, Australian Geographic and the Australian. She has a regular column, Smart Planet, on BBC Online, and devises and presents programmes about the Anthropocene for BBC radio. She blogs at WanderingGaia.com and tweets at @WanderingGaia.

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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 "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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