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Visit Sunny Chernobyl af Andrew Blackwell
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Visit Sunny Chernobyl (original 2012; udgave 2012)

af 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.… (mere)
Medlem:murphysci
Titel:Visit Sunny Chernobyl
Forfattere:Andrew Blackwell
Info:RODALE (2012), Paperback, 304 pages
Samlinger:Room 253 Books
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Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places af Andrew Blackwell (2012)

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This book was funny yet informative. I learned how we cannot just look at populated places the way we are used to. There is more to the picture. ( )
  shelbycassie | Aug 5, 2018 |
Well written and entertaining, the author takes the reader with him to some of the largest wastelands in the world. The first chapter is the focus on Chernobyl. Finding a guide to take him to the center of the disaster, the reader cannot help but be upset by the lack of common sense of the engineers who were to blame for this largest radioactive disaster.

Using a sense of humor, what could be pedantic is rendered as fact in a realistic, but not over dramatic style. ( )
  Whisper1 | Nov 29, 2017 |
And other adventures in the world's most polluted places
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
The author visits places of notorious environmental damage: Chernobyl, the oil sands pits of Canada, the refineries of Texas, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the coal mines of China, the shrinking Amazon rainforest, and the feces-filled rivers of India. There is a surprising (and somewhat refreshing) lack of judgement here. The author does not suggest we eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels or get rid of plastic or stop growing soybeans in South America. I was particularly struck by the commentary on national parks and our tendency to think of pristine nature as not including humans, as if we're somehow not part of nature. I came away with a lot of things to think about, a lot of them uncomfortable, without feeling like the author was trying to make me feel bad. On the contrary, he was just showing me these places I will likely never visit - that almost no one visits as a tourist (except Chernobyl, but their tourism boom happened after the publication of this book) - and increasing my awareness about the diversity of the world. It's easy to (willingly) forget about the dirty places if you only visit the clean ones. Definitely recommended. ( )
  melydia | Dec 16, 2016 |
kinda weird to say that I enjoyed this book, but I did! Blackwell's perspective on polluted places is thought provoking and I found it interesting to learn a bit more about these places. Curious about what Blackwell is doing now, but I couldn't find much info! ( )
  carolfoisset | Dec 11, 2016 |
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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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