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Adventures in the Anthropocene
Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made | Gaia Vince
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We are entering a new geological epoch -- the Anthropocene, or Age of Humans. Gaia Vince travelled the world to understand what this new age will mean for us, and future generations. ** Winner of Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015 ** We live in epoch-making times. The changes we humans have made in recent decades have altered our world beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.6 billion-year history. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing into the Anthropocene -- the Age of Humans. Gaia Vince decided to travel the world at the start of this new age to see what life is really like for the people on the frontline of the planet we've made. From artificial glaciers in the Himalayas to painted mountains in Peru, electrified reefs in the Maldives to garbage islands in the Caribbean, Gaia found people doing the most extraordinary things to solve the problems that we ourselves have created. These stories show what the Anthropocene means for all of us -- and they illuminate how we might engineer Earth for our future.
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jhod
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Book swap day in the office! This is what I got which I have never heard of but am excited to try!

RachelO It‘s REALLY good! And I‘m kind of jealous of an office book-swap 📚📚📚 9mo
jhod Yes it's a great idea isn't it?! @RachelO saw on your page that you'd read it, even more pleased with my colleague's choice now! 9mo
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GV packs a lot into this one! It's a well-written, very human tour of the world we live in, & the conditions/difficulties people are facing, along with their amazing, innovative responses to change whether at the individual, city or country level.

I read this for my nf #technology book for #readharder & can now tell you (broadly) how to hack glacier formation, about types of solar power, what nuclear fission is, where lithium comes from & 👇

RachelO how cable cars may help slums. I didn't agree with everything she said, & the epilogue was a little 🙄, but this is SUCH an interesting book & a good read. Highly recommended 2y
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🎉📚🎊🏝🏔🏜🌇🎄🎊📚🎉

I've finished the #readharder challenge! Thanks #11thHourReadathon for the final push.

Now, I wonder if I can finish #LitsyAtoZ as well...

I will actually get reviews up for these last few books over the weekend, but in brief: this is fantastic, fascinating but an explosion of ideas & information- would definitely benefit from not rushing through it for the end of the year!

Jas16 🙌🏽 2y
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It's actually a serious question about how to reduce the acidification of the oceans. The answer is 'You'd need a lot of cucumbers!'

Nutmegnc 🙀that's a lot of sea cucumbers. And they are VERY strange things! 2y
Soubhiville Wow, what a neat creature! 2y
RachelO @Soubhiville @Nutmegnc 😐End of a long day. Need to admit to a Fail on the image front - I used whatever pic Typorama had for coral reefs -I don't know what it is, but it's not a 🥒 . Sea cucumbers are v cool, but look more like giant slugs/caterpillars. Here are pics: http://bit.ly/2kReF16. Cool and v ugly! 2y
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Nutmegnc @RachelO @Soubhiville they are gross, slimy, and pee on you if you pick them up. And they look like 💩. Score 1 for irony that these could be our saving grace. 2y
RachelO @Nutmegnc You sound like you're speaking from experience? 🤔😱 2y
Nutmegnc @RachelO yup! Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 Before the hurricane 😩 2y
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RachelO
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Enjoying this, tho it's surprisingly challenging in places. It's divided into environments- mountains, rivers, farmlands, oceans, etc looking at how people are adapting to the current climate/environmental issues in each. She covers traditional technologies (reintroducing village rainwater tanks; tree-planting etc) & modern options -gm crops, cloud-seeding, dam-building etc; + some more eccentric options - painting mountains white to reflect heat.

Oryx I have this on my tbr from Summer santa. Looking forward to finally getting round to it 2y
RachelO @Oryx It's really interesting & she meets so many fascinating people - giving me loads to think about! (& I think I got my copy 2 Christmases ago 🙁) 2y
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Still, the villagers have erected it on the roof of the school where it sits like a totem to the useless. Nobody in this village has a television set, let alone the electricity to power one.

What the village does have are ingenious determined people, adapting to a changing climate. From telecomms to clean cookers, man-made glaciers to fog nets, Gaia Vince explores the technologies being used by individuals & communities in this new environment.

RachelO This will be my #nonfictionabouttechnology for #readharder. Also a book that's been #onyourshelfallyear #jingleshelves. (edited) 2y
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Thanks @Itchyfeetreader I really love what you have picked for me. I've not read any of these, and they all sound really interesting! Looking forward to reading them. I love the magnetic sci fi poetry kit - I'm going to have much fun with that! #summersantagoespostal Thanks @BookishMarginalia for organising

Hooked_on_books Jared Diamond is amazing! 2y
Itchyfeetreader You are welcome hope you enjoy!! 2y
Oryx @Itchyfeetreader I think I will. Really perfect picks. Hope you get something good in yours! 2y
Oryx @Hooked_on_books Looking forward to reading that one 2y
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RachelO
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Long #shadows and salt flats. I will read this, this year... #feistyfeb

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Stories of the amazing ways people are coping with life on our changing planet. This won the Royal Society prize for science writing last year. #booktober #awardwinning

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks very interesting! 3y
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I'm craving nonfiction, and all of these lovelies are near the top of the tbr. Any suggestions what I should read next? Grateful for any recommendations.