The Unnatural World

The Unnatural World

The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age

eBook - 2016
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A brilliant young environmental journalist argues that we must innovate and adapt to save planet Earth in this enlightening "trip around the world to meet people working out new ways for humanity to live as well as survive" ( The New York Times Book Review ).

With the historical perspective of The Song of the Dodo and the urgency of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth , The Unnatural World chronicles a disparate band of unlikely heroes: an effervescent mad scientist who would fertilize the seas; a pigeon obsessive bent on bringing back the extinct; a low-level government functionary in China doing his best to clean up his city, and more. These scientists, billionaires, and ordinary people are all working toward saving the best home humanity is ever likely to have.

What is the threat? It is us. In a time when a species dies out every ten minutes, when summers are getting hotter, winters colder, and oceans higher, some people still deny mankind's effect on the Earth. But all of our impacts on the planet have ushered in what qualifies as a new geologic epoch, thanks to global warming, mass extinction, and such technologies as nuclear weapons and plastics.

"A futurist ray of hope amid the usual denial and despair" ( Esquire ), The Unnatural World examines the world we have created and analyzes the glimmers of light emerging from the efforts of incredible individuals seeking to change our future. Instead of a world without us, this history of the future shows how to become good gardeners, helping people thrive along with an abundance of plants, animals, all the exuberant profusion of life on Earth--a better world with us. The current era of humans need not be the end of the world--and "Biello describes both what we have done to alter our planet and what we should do in the future to ensure its habitability" ( Scientific American ).
Publisher: New York :, Scribner, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2016]
ISBN: 9781476743929
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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Mar 15, 2018

A really intriguing read. The way scientific solutions are presented to solve the problems engulfing the ecology of the world is superb. It represents both the hope that there is still time to change things for the better and that we, as a species, have indeed changed our planet in a very permanent and not so good way. The facts presented are both daunting and depressing, but I feel that is necessary for motivating ourselves as responsible citizens for our planet 'Earth'.


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Mar 15, 2018

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