Gaia Vince: Adventures in the anthropocene A journey to the heart of the planet we made



Ges of hope are sprinkled liberally in between stories of catastrophes and the worse to come which get freuent and hopeful as the book reaches its dull conclusion which happened to be an amazingly cheesy and brightly optimistic prediction of the future as seen through the eyes of her fictional son Her vision of the future is both straddles the line between an incredibly utopian future and a banal uninspiring future much like our ownI did find the talk of geoengineering interesting despite its superficial treatment It just hammers home how much humanity has changed the landscape of the Earth We are now forced to figure out how to artificially do what nature was providing us for free Sadly a book that could have had a lot interesting things to say about this age and what survival will entail was exactly what I expected from mainstream book about climate change of the same This is a well written book that catalogs all of the ways in which humans are destroying the earth without regard They are responsible for mass extinction of animals They are responsible for destruction of our natural resourcesOK there is to it than that but that is the unfortunate reality Why Well because that is what capitalism does Sell off the Great Summary of a Human Controlled Earth A Must Read if it s useful we ll eep it if not well One of the most simple phrases taken out of context and yet in context possibly the most terrifying in the book in the chapter called Savannahs Author is a brave woman visiting some often dangerous areas of the world the world so she can sum up how man is coping in his new man made world She was inspired by our ingenuity coping and making the best of for want of a better description a dying world by yesterdays standards anyway So are we worth Shameful keeping Can anyone come up with any reason why WE are wortheeping Gaia Vince sees the best in usShe tells you the worst and yet is optimistic the change is not all bad She shouts out her enthusiasm for our ingenuity against adversity but then says the problems so cleverly solved are often not longstanding People are being driven from their land to make way for many suare miles of renewables and suddenly these savers of our world are not as friendly any either how disappointing We obviously have work to do and I now we can do better but in the meantime I fear too that the carefully collected stats may be out of date by now in a relatively short time Let s go back to that one short phrase and why I found it disturbing Dystopian novels have been telling of our demise for a very long time in ancient writings too even before the Bible and finding voices in writers such as HG Wells and many others once we might dismiss it all as a writers fancy Worse modern trends in government seem to be echoing same slightly different than The Time Machine for the Morlocks will no longer be there Let me surmise that any of us who are not useful to our masters might met the same fate as the vanishing flora and fauna Again echoing the policies of many present governments stripping health care pensions and care for the elderly the disabled et al Leaving the Earth only for the greedy perhaps to repeat history over and over and without the joys of nature they will hunt in imaginary worlds I hope too that unless we evolve into better creatures unhappy at earlier homo sapiens stupidity we never leave this planet Everyone should read this book This book was for me exceptional in many ways Vince effectively captures the essence and idea of the anthropocene convincingly She gives a a measured description of the current and future threats to our man made epoch one which cou. Ople who are solving severe crises in crazy ingenious effective ways While Vince does not mince words regarding the challenging position our species is in these wonderful stories combined with the new science that underpins Gaia's expertise and research make for a persuasive illuminating and strangely hopeful read on what the Anthropocene means for our futur.

In this book Gaia Vince explores the past present and future of a variety of biomes in the Anthropocene the new geological era caused by all the major ways humans have changed the very nature of our planet She writes about how these ecosystems used to function during the Holocene before significant disruption by humans and mourns their loss but also writes about how these changes are affecting the humans who live there the creative solutions humans have come up with to adapt to a changing world and what future prospects may look like Vince is of a techno optimist than most environmentalists and seems confident that humans will find clean energy solutions to the climate crisis although even she does not have a very hopeful prognosis for coral reefs or small island nations I appreciate that she spends a good amount of time on climate change but also addresses other environmental issues that are less commonly talked about I learned a lot from this book and would highly recommend it along with The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History to anyone interested in environmental issues Vince s eclectic odyssey through the emerging Anthropocene epoch is in eual measures enlightening entertaining and frustrating Chapter by chapter she travels through the world s physical and geographical regions in turn discussing how humans are transforming rivers farmlands deserts forests cities and so on At her best she puts human faces to the dramatic shifts illustrating both the power and resilience of our species But she fails to piece together the politics and discourses of the Anthropocene repeatedly swallowing often without uestion the simultaneously catastrophic and technologically utopian discourses of scientists and engineers So although she often shows real sensitivity to the interests of the world s poorest and worst affected people the solutions she offers are largely high tech from geoengineerin To live in interesting times is what it is to live in the Anthropocene era The era when humans dominate the biosphere and for better or worse have become its helmsman Our impact has been disruptive of the whole ecosystem as the five extinction events that proceeded us It is not as black as all that We are developing world shattering technologies which are at the same time transforming human life mostly for the better We are in a race between paradise and perdition No one nows how the story will turn out but one thing we Sacred Landscapes know for sure is that there is no going back Our planet is constantly changing The energy that it receives from the sun drives the weather systems across the globe and feeds the plants thateep the oxygen cycle going The internal processes of plate tectonics and erosion mean that the landscapes are constantly changing too But now there is an extra factor too our love of fossil fuels is changing the atmosphere in ways that we cannot fully understand though the trends are there if you care enough to look The data on all these changes is immense so Gaia Vince editor at Nature decided the best way to understand the immensity of the changes happening would be to go and see it herselfHer travels takes her to the rooftop of the world to see artificial glaciers being created mountains being painted white to increase the albedo and looks at the positive and negative effects of dams She tracks across deserts climbs mountains tiptoes through sewage and walks on one man s solution to the rising sea levels floating islands and speaks to the head of a country that is going to disappear under the waves in the next few yearsIt is an interesting book on the way that we have changed the planet so far and th. We all now our planet is in crisis and that it is largely our fault But all too often the full picture of change is obstructed by dense data sets and particular catastrophes Struggling with this obscurity in her role as an editor at Nature Gaia Vince decided to travel the world and see for herself what life is really like for people on the frontline of this new.

E long term implications for dramatic change As the world changes in dramatic ways she sees human ingenuity in solving the problems that are being raised as the climate changes By going to these places herself and seeing the problems first hand she gets a better overall view of the state of the globe and thankfully does not hold back with her opinions as to what is happening Even though it is four years since it was published it is still a prescient book but it would be nice to have a revised edition soon The only downside for me was the epilogue it was a very speculative and even hopeful vision of our world in 2100 a planet that had changed in so many ways I can t imagine that it would be as comfortable as that I read this class as a reuired reading in my Master of Environmental Studies program It is as accurate as a book about climate degradation that is sponsored by Wells Fargo and Target can be it isn t She flies all over the world to make commentary on global climate degradation How much carbon footprint did those jet trips leave Adventures in the Anthropocene gave me a great opportunity to sharpen my radar for work based on false evidence that is touted as science From political history to sweeping scientific claims she makes the mistakes are glaring and the message she is trying to convey is hard to even try to understand If you want a fictional story that pretends to be scientific check this book out If you are looking for scholarly work or references to history an The book explores the notion that we are at the end of our evolutionary Holocene Era and entering into the Anthropocene a time when the planet and its geology and history is being shaped by man She explores the traditional and current situations across the globe in a variety of settings and cultures incl Savannahs rainforest mountains oceans and cities to see where we ve been and where we re heading and how the most primitive people are adapting She does not argue global warming but shows repeatedly around the world how it is already here Although it s a good book you should read it s still a bit naive We haven t sunk a dime into infrastructure in 50 years no one is going to pay to retrofit millions of buildings for energy efficiency nor tear them down and put up new thoughtful ones We can t even get our computers to stay upgraded or our lighting efficient in most buildings Money is the object and in this country until we just accept reality we re GOING to lose New Orleans and Houston and most of Florida and the Jersey Shore and maybe Boston and NYC too until we are faced with the fact that it is expensive to NOT upgrade than to move forward we the former leaders of the world will never be players in the next century I also think she s naive in her assessment that cities are the greatest thing in creation Cities are nice But I don t want to live in one Ever Ever ever And in her dream world of efficient vehicles to get around happy green techno cities uickly she ignores the fact of traveling between cities or heaven forbid cross country or overseas If it was Mars and your little isolated pod city was all there was great But this is Earth and we don t live like that Never have and probably never will An important worthwhile read but some of the naivete irked me Adventures in the Anthropocene is a mediocre travelogue where the author visits places around the world living on the so called front lines of climate change and talks to people figuring out what if anything they can do to soften the blow If you like Anthony Bourdain but hate food and want to hear even of his awful politics this might satisfy you Obnoxious messa. Reality What she found was a number people doing the most extraordinary thingsDuring her journey she finds a man who is making artificial glaciers in Nepal along with an individual who is 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 pe.

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Adventures in the anthropocene A journey to the heart of the planet we made ✓ ONLINE Author Gaia Vince – ecogenlife.org

Gaia Vince is a freelance British environmental journalist broadcaster and non fiction author Vince a dual British and Australian national is a chemist who studied at King’s College London and then at the University of Bordeaux before undertaking a masters in engineering design To fund her university studies Vince freelanced as a journalist and at the Science Museum building a tandem caree