The Unnatural World by David Biello audiobook

The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age

By David Biello
Read by Peter Berkrot

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12.50 Hours Unabridged
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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 or 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, all the exuberant profusion of life on Earth—a better world with us.

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Smithsonian Magazine Pick

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 or 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, all the exuberant profusion of life on Earth—a better world with us.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Leans toward the notion that the solution to our environmental challenges will come from technology, and in that sense it is most welcome.” Wall Street Journal
A travelogue with that good human epoch in mind, a trip around the world to meet people working out new ways for humanity to live as well as survive. . . . detail-packed. New York Times
“A futurist ray of hope amid the usual denial and despair.” Esquire
“Peter Berkrot is an accomplished audiobook narrator. His pace is always good…[and] he always delivers the story clearly.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: David Biello

Author Bio: David Biello

David Biello is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999. He is currently an editor at Scientific American, where he has been a contributor since 2005, and he also contributes frequently to the Los Angeles Review of Books, Yale e360, Nautilus, and Aeon.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 12.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English