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New ways to destroy the world

The more we know about environmental damage, according to Michael McCarthy’s The Moth Snowstorm, the more of it we seem to do

6 June 2015

9:00 AM

6 June 2015

9:00 AM

The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy Michael McCarthy

John Murray, pp.262, £20, ISBN: 9781444792775

Despite the offer of joy proposed in the subtitle, this is a deeply troubling book by one of Britain’s foremost journalists on the politics of nature. Michael McCarthy was the Independent’s environmental editor for 15 years, and his new work is really a summation of a career spent pondering the impacts of humankind on the world’s ecosystems.

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Mark Cocker is a writer and naturalist. His books include Crow Country and Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet.

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