David Shukman has been a BBC television reporter for nearly three decades. He reposted live from East Berlin during the fall of the wall and from conflicts in Bosnia, the Caucasus and Africa. He has broadcast from more than ninety countries and became Environment and Science Correspondent in 2003.
With so many writers absolutely convinced of the environmental hazards we face, it was a relief to turn to the views of David Shukman, someone who has no axe to grind. As the BBC’s Environment correspondent he has travelled the globe reporting on the facts. This is the messy, chaotic reality of humans coping with environmental disasters, it’s a view from close-up where people have no global view but have to carry on the best they can, not having the luxury of choice. It’s a compelling read, sobering, worrying yet at times blackly funny, reporting in best John Simpson style. Wonderfully written and often very funny, the book will be loved by travel, science or environment readers alike.Like for Like ReadingThe Ferocious Summer: Palmer’s Penguins and the Warming of Antarctica, Meredith Hooper The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the Obsession with “Climate Change” Turning Out to be the Most Costly Scientific Blunder in History?, Christopher Booker