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Second nature : scenes from a world remade

Author: Nathaniel Rich
Publisher: New York : MCD / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"From the author of Losing Earth, a deeply reported and beautifully told exploration of how we live in a post-natural world"--
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Genre/Form: Environmental impact statements
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathaniel Rich
ISBN: 9780374106034 0374106037
OCLC Number: 1224043269
Description: 288 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: Strange victory --
Crime scene. Dark waters ; The wasting ; Here come the warm jets --
Season of disbelief. Frankenstein in the lower ninth ; Chickens without their heads cut off ; Aspen saves the world --
As gods. Pigeon apocalypse. Bayou bonjour: Oil and water is the fabric of your town; Barataria; The forest machine ; The immortal jellyfish ; Green rabbit.
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Abstract:

"From the author of Losing Earth, a deeply reported and beautifully told exploration of how we live in a post-natural world"--

We live at a time in which scientists race to reanimate extinct beasts, our most essential ecosystems require monumental engineering projects to survive, chicken breasts grow in test tubes, and multinational corporations conspire to poison the blood of every living creature. No rock, leaf, or cubic foot of air on Earth has escaped humanity's signature. The old distinctions--between natural and artificial, dystopia and utopia, science fiction and science fact--have blurred, losing all meaning. We inhabit an uncanny landscape of our own creation. In Second Nature, ordinary people make desperate efforts to preserve their humanity in a world that seems increasingly alien. Their stories--obsessive, intimate, and deeply reported--point the way to a new kind of environmental literature, in which dramatic narrative helps us to understand our place in a reality that resembles nothing human beings have known.

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