Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of by Gaia Vince

By Gaia Vince

We know our planet is in main issue, and that it's principally our fault. yet all too usually the total photo of swap is obstructed by way of dense info units and specific catastrophes. suffering from this obscurity in her function as an editor at Nature, Gaia Vince made up our minds to trip the realm and notice for herself what lifestyles is admittedly like for individuals at the frontline of this new fact. What she came upon was once a host humans doing the main amazing things.

During her trip she reveals a guy who's making man made glaciers in Nepal in addition to somebody who's portray mountains white to draw blizzard; take the electrified reefs of the Maldives; or the guy who's making islands out of garbage within the Caribbean. those are traditional those who are fixing serious crises in loopy, inventive, powerful methods. whereas Vince doesn't mince phrases concerning the demanding place our species is in, those marvelous tales, mixed with the hot technology that underpins Gaia's services and study, make for a persuasive, illuminating — and surprisingly hopeful — learn on what the Anthropocene potential for our destiny.

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South from Yosemite / 43 Lake Edison supplies water for hydroelectric power generation, and weeks of hot summer weather and the resulting electrical demand have taken their toll on the reservoir, which has been drawn down about thirty feet below the high-water mark. For as far as I can see, this draw-down zone of wave-polished granite gleams brightly. I find a shady spot out of the wind, take off my boots, and stretch out on the smooth, clean granite to await the ferry. I’ve arrived early and have time to kill.

3 Lyell Canyon played a role in all this. If a landscape can serve as a cultural paradigm, this is such a place. Its condition embodies the very essence of what we want national parks and designated wilderness to be. The canyon remains, to most who hike its trails, a truly unchanged landscape, an unpeopled place that preserves the natural beauty that is our national heritage and is protected by the full power of the federal government. It is where we can expect change not to occur. The reality, of course, is not nearly so simple.

Its condition embodies the very essence of what we want national parks and designated wilderness to be. The canyon remains, to most who hike its trails, a truly unchanged landscape, an unpeopled place that preserves the natural beauty that is our national heritage and is protected by the full power of the federal government. It is where we can expect change not to occur. The reality, of course, is not nearly so simple. . Named in 1895 for a cavalry sergeant, Donohue Pass stands some two thousand vertical feet above the head of Lyell Canyon, where I camped last night.

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