By Gaia Vince

We know our planet is in obstacle, and that it truly is mostly our fault. yet all too frequently the total photograph of switch is obstructed via dense info units and specific catastrophes. being affected by this obscurity in her function as an editor at Nature, Gaia Vince determined to commute the area and notice for herself what lifestyles is actually 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 besides somebody who's portray mountains white to draw blizzard; take the electrified reefs of the Maldives; or the fellow who's making islands out of garbage within the Caribbean. those are traditional people who find themselves fixing serious crises in loopy, creative, powerful methods. whereas Vince doesn't mince phrases in regards to the demanding place our species is in, those tremendous tales, mixed with the recent technological know-how that underpins Gaia's services and study, make for a persuasive, illuminating — and unusually hopeful — learn on what the Anthropocene capacity for our destiny.

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As we release more and more stored carbon into the air by burning fossil fuels, we are heading for a 4°C post-Holocene warming this century alone. That’s 2°C higher than the ‘safe’ level determined by scientists. The impacts of this atmospheric carbon are affecting every part of the planet. No single person or community came up with the idea to put the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The oil-based marketdriven economy is a characteristic of civilisation that arose out of the 23 ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE human love of energy and its promise of power and wealth.

When the water fails, the development of that entire region, which outstrips its neighbours on every measurable scale from literacy to health, will be at the mercy of the government for grid provision. The government has just a few years to build enough reservoirs to trap the melting waters and power the country towards twenty-first-century development, before lights go out. It is hard to see how that will happen. Drought conditions are already causing blackouts as the nation’s hydropower struggles with lack of water and poor energy infrastructure.

In as much as they have put off the next ice age, perhaps indefinitely, carbon gases have been to our advantage, but the greenhouse effect of those emissions is impacting every part of our planet from farmlands to deserts to oceans. We are dumping so many different pollutants into our aerial ocean that we are not only changing our climate and weather systems, we are also poisoning ourselves. Air pollution is not new – ancient Rome was notorious for its smoky streets from wood and coal fires, and in 1306, King Edward I of England actually banned coal burning on penalty of death.

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