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Visit sunny Chernobyl : and other adventures in the world's most polluted places

Author: Andrew Blackwell
Publisher: New York : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth--Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in "Visit Sunny Chernobyl," Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Blackwell
ISBN: 9781605294452 1605294454 9781623360269 1623360269
OCLC Number: 755698691
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiii, 306 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Visit sunny Chernobyl : day trips through a radioactive wonderland --
The Great Black North : oil sands mining in Northern Alberta --
Refineryville : Port Arthur, Texas, and the invention of oil --
The Eighth Continent : sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch --
Soymageddon : deforestation in the Amazon --
In search of Sad Coal Man : e-waste, coal, and other treasures of China --
The gods of Sewage : downstream on India's most polluted river.
Responsibility: Andrew Blackwell.

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For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth--Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in "Visit Sunny Chernobyl," Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth. From the hidden bars and convenience stores of a radioactive wilderness to the sacred but reeking waters of India, "Visit Sunny Chernobyl" fuses immersive first-person reporting with satire and analysis, making the case that it's time to start appreciating our planet as it is--not as we wish it would be. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to our biosphere's most tainted, most degraded ecosystems, and a measured consideration of what they mean for us. Equal parts travelogue, expose, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue's gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer--and approaches a deeper understanding of what's really happening to our planet in the process.

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