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Dancing at the Dead Sea: Tracking the World's Environmental Hotspots

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One hundred and fifty years after the publication of On the Origin of Species, award-winning environmental reporter Alanna Mitchell set out to retrace the idea of evolution and grapple with the fact that a massive extinction of the planet's species was well under way. So began a three-year odyssey in which Mitchell picked up where Darwin left off, examining not just the or ...more
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published May 15th 2005 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2004)
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Stefanie
Feb 07, 2013 Stefanie rated it it was ok
Alanna Mitchell is a journalist who worked for Canada's The Globe and Mail as the earth sciences/environment reporter - and earned the paper international awards for environmental reporting. Mitchell is also the daughter of a biologist and someone whose passion for blending writing and environmental awareness led to a journey to the planet's many ecological 'hot spots'. For those who have read environmental odysseys, this is a solid one but does not provide the depth or connectedness that can be ...more
Wellington
Jan 28, 2008 Wellington rated it liked it
However, Alanna takes a step back from the subject. The book is written by a journalist – and it feels like it. The book could have been so much more with more soul, feeling, emotion, and conviction dripping from the words. The final chapter makes an attempt at this. I get the feeling that the book was edited so that it would not offend anyone.

It doesn’t. But this is a book with a subject that should attempt to make some waves. Perhaps, if the reader already has a connection with Darwin or with
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Ed Arnold-berkovits
Feb 01, 2010 Ed Arnold-berkovits rated it it was amazing
The author travels to a few environmental hot spots and writes about the situations in various places. Well-written and very compelling personal writing. Like a secret peek into someone else's diary sort of.

It's really a warning book, that we're essentially causing our own extinction, gradually, but accelerating more each day. Heh, makes me think of a t-shirt, "What did you do to avoid extinction today?".

I got this book years ago, and just re-read it.
Andy
Sep 25, 2007 Andy rated it it was amazing
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I was casually looking through the sale section of a bookstore in Toronto a few years back and came across this book. What a great random find. Mitchell is a well-established environmental journalist and she visits the 6 world hot spots that are in environmental crisis. She references Darwin's diaries throughout.

Annie
Oct 02, 2007 Annie rated it liked it
wasn't crazy about this woman's writing style, but the content itself was fascinating.
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Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about science and social trends. She is a global thinker who specializes in investigative reporting. Her most recent full-length book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, is an international bestseller that won the prestigious Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. Her one-woman play based on that book w ...more
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