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Publisher's Summary

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 likely to ever have.
What is the threat? It is us. In a time when a species dies out every 10 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. The Unnatural World examines the world we have created and analyzes the glimmers of hope 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, and all the exuberant profusion of life on Earth - a better world with us.
©2016 David Biello (P)2017 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anna on 01-03-18

Interesting book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would really only recommend this book to my techie friends...It was a little hard to follow. I might listen to it again in the future.

What did you like best about this story?

The book seemed to cover a huge variety of things about the anthropocene.

What does Peter Berkrot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't think I really enjoyed the narrating. I think Mr. Berkrot would have been better to have narrated a science fiction novel instead of this non fiction. Sometimes his narration was too distracting for the material.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

There were actually a ton of interesting facts. I think the one I liked the most was the discussion with Elon Musk and how there really is no answer to fixing the anthropocene, and that we have to all fix it as one as a race of planet earth since we all caused the problem in order to survive.

Any additional comments?

The author really goes into depth about everything and sees every aspect from all sides.

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