By Gaia Vince
We know our planet is in concern, and that it really is principally our fault. yet all too usually the entire photo of swap is obstructed via dense facts units and specific catastrophes. being affected by this obscurity in her function as an editor at Nature, Gaia Vince made up our minds to go back and forth the realm and notice for herself what lifestyles is basically like for individuals at the frontline of this new fact. What she stumbled on used to be a host humans doing the main impressive things.
During her trip she reveals a guy who's making synthetic glaciers in Nepal besides a person who's portray mountains white to draw snow fall; take the electrified reefs of the Maldives; or the guy who's making islands out of garbage within the Caribbean. those are usual those who are fixing critical crises in loopy, inventive, potent methods. whereas Vince doesn't mince phrases concerning the demanding place our species is in, those amazing tales, mixed with the hot technological know-how that underpins Gaia's services and examine, make for a persuasive, illuminating — and surprisingly hopeful — learn on what the Anthropocene capacity for our destiny.
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At such times, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere dropped as low as 160 parts per million (ppm) molecules. For the past half a million years – the world into which humans evolved – the carbon dioxide concentration has hovered between 200 ppm (during ice ages) and the comfortable 280 ppm of the Holocene. Historically, the main fuel humans used was wood, emitting the same amount of carbon dioxide that the tree absorbed during its growth. But in the Anthropocene, the vast majority of our energy comes from burning fossil fuels – emitting the huge stores of carbon dioxide from plants and creatures that died millions of years ago.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this gleaming array of computers and monitors flanking both long walls is a startling sight. Girls and boys, many barefooted, sit studiously working away, the only sound the clatter of keypads. ’ Mahabir asks me, grinning at my surprise. The computer and Internet facilities here would be unusual in a school in London – here, they are astonishing. In the Anthropocene, the world no longer needs to end at the village perimeter. Just as social development goals now include a right to electricity, it is no longer acceptable for people to be denied access to Tim Berners-Lee’s brilliant toy.
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. The atmosphere has also become a playground for our aerial adventures, a medium for rapid and direct long-distance travel around and beyond our planet into space. Humans can now journey from London to Sydney in less than a day. We can trade between communities within time frames that allow fresh blueberries to be picked by a human in South Africa and eaten by another hours later in London.
Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made by Gaia Vince