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Extraordinary stories in an extraordinary book,
This review is from: Visit Sunny Chernobyl: ... and other adventures in the world's most polluted places (Paperback)
The chapter sub- titles alone are enough to stop you in your tracks; Day Trips Through A Radioactive Wonderland; Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch; and Downstream on India's Most Polluted River.
There are statistics here that are so shocking they're almost unbelievable; a small town in Alberta, where the Canadian oil sands are, produces CO2 emissions at twice the rate of the entire city of Los Angeles.
The index to this book is exceptionally useful, if only because it makes it so easy to find the paragraphs that will cause you to seethe with anger and maybe join Greenpeace; but there are stories of paradox, encouragement, and courage beyond all reason or expectation - for example, the firemen who went into the reactor core in Chernobyl. They died horrible deaths over the next few weeks, and their self-sacrifice is literally unmeasurable.
And yet, this is oddly hopeful; the fact that there are people studying these trouble spots and various groups attempting to stop the human race fouling the planet up any further, means that it is possible to finish this absorbing read without wanting to open a vein.
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Initial post: 4 May 2013, 14:34:10 BST
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Michael Wadge says:
Excellent review. This book has also been very favourably reviewed by the Times (Saturday Review May 4th 2013). I am thus ordering the book, but have no desire to visit personally any of the places mentioned!
In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2013, 16:20:07 BST
Ms. Fiona Allen says:
Thanks, I do appreciate when someone actually comments. And in this case, it's also extremely flattering!
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