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Dancing at the Dead Sea

by Alanna Mitchell - £10.99  Eden Books (2005)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781903919637 | ISBN 10: 1903919630

"Dancing at the Dead Sea is a powerful narrative on the critically important topic of the world's environmental hotspots. This is not a pessimistic tirade, but instead a factual commentary that will convince many, written by a gifted writer with an independent mind. I recommend this book without reservation."
(Richard Leakey)
Does the human race have a death wish? One hundred and fifty years after the publication of On the Origin of Species, award-winning writer Alanna Mitchell sets out on a journey to the world's hotspots - those places where the environment has all but been destroyed - to pick up where Darwin left off and examine not the origin but the ultimate fate of the human species and the world we inhabit.
 
Grappling with Richard Leakey's contention that a massive sixth extinction is well under way, she travels from Madagascar, the 'last living Eden,' to the Galapagos, Darwin's natural laboratory, from the Azraq Oasis in Jordan to the Arctic desert of Banks Island, from the rainforests of Suriname to Iceland's volcanic crust. And she shows how, against the odds, individuals have convinced governments to create protected areas, even to transform policy so as to seek out new energy sources before it is too late.
 
Dancing at the Dead Sea intertwines scientific theory with travel adventure and history. Here is a dramatic, and refreshingly optimistic, narrative voice.

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