Friday, October 6, 2017

The Friday 56 (115) & Book Beginnings: The Unnatural World: The Race To Remake Civilization In Earth's Newest Age by David Biello

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE
Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.
32478180Synopsis from Goodreads...

With the historical perspective of The Song of the Dodo and the urgency of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, a brilliant young environmental journalist argues that we must innovate and adapt to save planet Earth...

Civilization is in crisis, facing disasters of our own making on the only planet known to bear life in the vast void of the universe. We have become unwitting gardeners of the Earth, not in control, but setting the conditions under which all of life flourishes—or not. Truly, it’s survival of the innovators. 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. The current era of humans need not be the end of the world—it’s just the end of the world as we know it...
Beginnings: "The view from space changes people."

56: "Mud compresses under geologic pressure by as much as 90 percent, but sand is far more resistant, squeezing out water to compress by maybe 40 percent."
Comments: The Unnatural World is another one of the books I recently checked out from the library. This book focuses on an important topic: the environment. While I did like this book, it was still more of an average read. 

What are you reading this week?

19 comments:

  1. Hello Breana,

    Seeing a view from space would definitely change my outlook on life!

    Great choice. I'd like to read this.

    Here's my choice for this week http://bit.ly/2y00q06

    Close to Home, by Cara Hunter.

    Have a great weekend!

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  2. The environment on Planet Earth is sadly in need of innovation...and this book sounds good. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  3. Not really my thing. I seldom read nonfiction. I hope you are learning a lot. I am featuring Death Overdue by Allison Brook this week. Happy reading!

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  4. That is a very profound intro! I hope that you enjoy it. :)

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    1. The Unnatural World was more of an average read for me. That being said, it interesting and covered a very relevant topic. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Sounds like an interesting read. Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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  6. Good choice. I don't usually read this genre but it does sound like an interesting one.

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  7. Intresting 56, but I LOVE that beginning! :-) Happy weekend!

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  8. Sounds fascinating to me!! Happy weekend!

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  9. Probably not something I'd pick up, though I imagine it's interesting.
    Happy Reading, Happy Hopping!

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