By Gaia Vince
We know our planet is in hindrance, and that it's principally our fault. yet all too frequently the complete photograph of switch is obstructed via dense facts units and specific catastrophes. suffering from this obscurity in her position as an editor at Nature, Gaia Vince determined to trip the area and notice for herself what existence is basically like for individuals at the frontline of this new truth. What she stumbled on used to be a host humans doing the main striking things.
During her trip she unearths a guy who's making synthetic glaciers in Nepal in addition to anyone who's portray mountains white to draw blizzard; take the electrified reefs of the Maldives; or the guy who's making islands out of garbage within the Caribbean. those are traditional those people who are fixing critical crises in loopy, creative, potent methods. whereas Vince doesn't mince phrases concerning the not easy place our species is in, those exceptional tales, mixed with the hot technological know-how that underpins Gaia's services and examine, make for a persuasive, illuminating — and unusually hopeful — learn on what the Anthropocene capability for our destiny.
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ID Uniquely patterned. Small, stocky goose, largely dark silver-grey, with black chin, throat and foreneck, white head, face, hindneck and tail. Head rather rounded with high forecrown; white head plumage may become stained rusty-orange in summer. Young have grey neck and head and entire plumage has rounded pale fringes, affording scalloped pattern as in young grey geese, though entirely blue-grey. In flight, all-dark, grey wings, blackish rump and white tail unique. ; eyes black; legs and feet bright orange.
Flanks barred black. In winter, sports orange-rufous ‘whiskers’ and ‘beard’. paler, face and breast markings less clearly defined; has ‘whiskers’ and only a small black belly patch. Flanks barred brown. BP Bill short, arched, grey; eyes mid-brown; legs dull yellow-ochre. Vo Poorly documented. Harsh metallic creaking calls and accelerating series of harsh, rasping notes: rex rex rex. 90g. SD Breeds from Lake Baikal to Japan, wintering south to NE India and S China. In E Asia, summers across NE China, adjacent N Korea, Russian Far East to Sakhalin, and N Japan.
Vo Deep guttural calls usually given in morning, also low clucks, chuckles and a shrill squeal. Audible wing-whirring display. 015kg. SD Endemic to Taiwan. Monotypic. HH Only in high mountains, 1,600–3,300m. Prefers shady, dense forest (evergreen broadleaf and coniferous), but also secondary forest, scrub and bamboo. ID elegant, long-tailed (49–53cm). Almost entirely steely blue-black with deep blue scallops on mantle, scapulars and rump, and prominent white wingbar on otherwise blue-black wings, and narrower white tips to secondaries and tertials.