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

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By Gaia Vince

We know our planet is in quandary, and that it really is principally our fault. yet all too frequently the total photo of switch is obstructed through dense info units and specific catastrophes. suffering from this obscurity in her position as an editor at Nature, Gaia Vince made up our minds to shuttle the realm and notice for herself what lifestyles is basically like for individuals at the frontline of this new truth. What she came upon was once a bunch humans doing the main impressive things.

During her trip she unearths a guy who's making man made glaciers in Nepal in addition to 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 who find themselves fixing serious crises in loopy, inventive, powerful methods. whereas Vince doesn't mince phrases in regards to the demanding place our species is in, those superb tales, mixed with the hot technological know-how that underpins Gaia's services and learn, make for a persuasive, illuminating — and unusually hopeful — learn on what the Anthropocene potential for our destiny.

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Mahabir, who despite his grubby outfit and self-effacing manner is something of a celebrity in these parts, tells me about his quest to transform his tribe’s villages through the unlikely medium of Wi-Fi connectivity. His plan leapfrogs the traditional model of connectivity – improved roads followed by landline connection – and exploits the atmosphere instead. Nangi village, home to around 800 people of the Pun tribe, has no telephone line or cellphone reception and consists mainly of subsistence vegetable farmers, yak herders and those who leave to seek their fortune as Gurkha soldiers.

16 ATMOSPHERE We know from fossil records that the planet’s climate has swung between tropical prolificacy that saw metre-long insects, and ice ages that killed off the majority of life forms. These catastrophic big freezes were the result of massive events like meteor hits or supervolcano eruptions that filled the atmosphere with so much dust that sunlight couldn’t penetrate to the planet and killed the animals that produce that all-important carbon dioxide. At such times, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere dropped as low as 160 parts per million (ppm) molecules.

And that’s just in the invisible spectrum. In the visible spectrum we have lit up our world so brightly that towns and cities can be seen from space at night and, for city dwellers, the stars fade into oblivion. Satellites enable us to look down from space at our home as no eye has done before. The same cameras show us in unprecedented detail just how much we are changing our world. Using the Internet, we can pool our shared knowledge and intellectual resources to solve new problems, to cooperate in different ways and to transcend the geography of our planet to inhabit a virtual room no matter where we are physically.

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