Visit Sunny Chernobyl
and other adventures in the world's most polluted places
The Great Black North: oil sands mining in Northern Alberta
Refineryville: Port Arthur, Texas, and the invention of oil
The 8th 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
Join the discussion on Oct. 12, 2014. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to earth’s most tainted, degraded ecosystems. Equal parts travelogue, expose, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook.
This book is on a number of my lists because I love it so. It is on this list for the chapter on the recycling industry in China. You know all those old computer parts and cell phones you've taken somewhere other than a landfill? Quite often they're shipped to China for them to deal with. Why Chi... Read More »
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 ... Read More »
From the jacket: "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 plane... Read More »
Did you know, unbelievably, that Chernobyl may be one of the largest nature preserves in Eastern Europe? Wait...what? There's loads more environmental disaster though if that's not your thing. Maybe Port Arthur, Texas, or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is more your style. You'll love the prec... Read More »
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