Dancing at the Dead Sea: Tracking the World's Environmental Hotspots

Dancing at the Dead Sea Tracking the World s Environmental Hotspots One hundred and fifty years after the publication of On the Origin of Species award winning environmental reporter Alanna Mitchell set out to retrace the idea of evolution and grapple with the fact t

  • Title: Dancing at the Dead Sea: Tracking the World's Environmental Hotspots
  • Author: Alanna Mitchell
  • ISBN: 9780226532004
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One hundred and fifty years after the publication of On the Origin of Species, award winning environmental reporter Alanna Mitchell set out to retrace the idea of evolution and grapple with the fact that a massive extinction of the planet s species was well under way So began a three year odyssey in which Mitchell picked up where Darwin left off, examining not just the orOne hundred and fifty years after the publication of On the Origin of Species, award winning environmental reporter Alanna Mitchell set out to retrace the idea of evolution and grapple with the fact that a massive extinction of the planet s species was well under way So began a three year odyssey in which Mitchell picked up where Darwin left off, examining not just the origin but also the ultimate fate of our world.Combining scientific curiosity with travel and adventure, Dancing at the Dead Sea takes the reader on an intimate tour through the world s environmental hotspots Readers join Mitchell as she tracks the spectacular biodiversity of regions as extraordinary as the island of Madagascar, the rain forests of Suriname, the parched oases of Jordan, the Arctic desert of Banks Island, the volcanic crests of Iceland, and, ultimately, the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin conducted his famous research Along the way, Mitchell introduces us to the numerous scientists and conservationists who are working to protect these endangered places She also chronicles the courageous efforts of everyday men and women in these regions as they try to convince governments to turn the world s hotspots into environmentally protected areas.Ultimately, Mitchell s travels around the world compel her to ponder our shelf life as a species in the grand evolutionary scheme of the planet She wonders what Darwin would make of the profound ecological destruction she witnesses Is the human race suicidal What can help our species avert extinction Posing tough and cutting questions such as these, Dancing at the Dead Sea is a must read for aficionados of good science writing and travel literature alike.

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    1. Alanna Mitchell is a journalist who worked for Canada's The Globe and Mail as the earth sciences/environment reporter - and earned the paper international awards for environmental reporting. Mitchell is also the daughter of a biologist and someone whose passion for blending writing and environmental awareness led to a journey to the planet's many ecological 'hot spots'. For those who have read environmental odysseys, this is a solid one but does not provide the depth or connectedness that can be [...]

    2. However, Alanna takes a step back from the subject. The book is written by a journalist – and it feels like it. The book could have been so much more with more soul, feeling, emotion, and conviction dripping from the words. The final chapter makes an attempt at this. I get the feeling that the book was edited so that it would not offend anyone.It doesn’t. But this is a book with a subject that should attempt to make some waves. Perhaps, if the reader already has a connection with Darwin or w [...]

    3. The author travels to a few environmental hot spots and writes about the situations in various places. Well-written and very compelling personal writing. Like a secret peek into someone else's diary sort of.It's really a warning book, that we're essentially causing our own extinction, gradually, but accelerating more each day. Heh, makes me think of a t-shirt, "What did you do to avoid extinction today?".I got this book years ago, and just re-read it.

    4. I was casually looking through the sale section of a bookstore in Toronto a few years back and came across this book. What a great random find. Mitchell is a well-established environmental journalist and she visits the 6 world hot spots that are in environmental crisis. She references Darwin's diaries throughout.

    5. Fun, but not the equal of Seasick. Dancing at the Dead Sea shows promise; Seasick is amazing (and scary).

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