Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of by Gaia Vince

By Gaia Vince

We know our planet is in situation, and that it's principally our fault. yet all too usually the total photo of swap is obstructed by way of dense info units and specific catastrophes. being affected by this obscurity in her function as an editor at Nature, Gaia Vince determined to trip the realm and spot for herself what lifestyles is admittedly like for individuals at the frontline of this new truth. What she discovered was once a host humans doing the main striking things.

During her trip she unearths a guy who's making man made glaciers in Nepal in addition to anyone who's portray mountains white to draw snowstorm; take the electrified reefs of the Maldives; or the guy who's making islands out of garbage within the Caribbean. those are traditional those who find themselves fixing critical crises in loopy, inventive, potent methods. whereas Vince doesn't mince phrases concerning the demanding place our species is in, those exceptional tales, mixed with the hot technology that underpins Gaia's services and learn, make for a persuasive, illuminating — and unusually hopeful — learn on what the Anthropocene capacity for our destiny.

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Whether radiant energy is absorbed, reflected, and/or passes through a material depends on whether the material is transparent, translucent, or opaque. If you can see through a material, it is transparent to visible light, which means it allows visible light to easily pass through—for example, glass. A material that allows radiant energy to pass through but scatters it in different directions is translucent to that form of radiant energy. For example, frosted glass is translucent to visible light.

Materials with dark, dull, and rough surfaces absorb more energy, and materials with light, shiny, and smooth surfaces reflect more energy. Solar energy passing through a window of clear glass is mostly visible light. Visible light that is absorbed by a material causes the particles in the material to move faster, thus increasing its temperature. Solar engineers use the knowledge of how materials react to solar radiation in designing structures that can capture and use solar energy for heating.

Which of the toys, A, B, or C, absorbs the most sound? qxp 1/31/07 12:56 PM Page 47 Easy Listening 47 Activity: QUIET PLEASE Purpose To determine how to make a room quieter. Materials ticking timer shoe box 2 pencils cotton balls (enough to fill the shoe box) Procedure 1. Make sure that any background sounds are at a minimum. ) 2. At the end of a large room or hallway, turn the timer on and place it in the shoe box. Place the lid on the box and set the box on a table or the floor. 3. Walk in a straight line away from the box until you no longer hear the ticking.

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