Hello. my name is Gaia Vince. I am a journalist specialising in science, the environment and social issues. I am travelling the world meeting the people, plants and animals that make up our unique living planet.
This is a uniquely critical time in our planet’s history, in which climate change, globalisation, communications technology and increasing human population are changing our world as never before. The developing world is experiencing these impacts more obviously and sooner than the rich West – they are already feeling the effects of biodiversity loss, erratic weather patterns, glacial melt and forced migrations, for example – and I am documenting these impacts, talking to ordinary people, scientists and heads of state as I travel in the Anthropocene.
After we’d been travelling around the world for 800 days, I wrote this, which gives a nice overview of the journey.
I am the opinion, analysis and features editor for the journal Nature Climate Change, which publishes the latest research in the field. I also write for a variety of different outlets, including the BBC, The Guardian, New Scientist, Australian Geographic, Science, Seed, and I do pieces for radio. Before I set off on this journey, I was the news editor of the science journal Nature. And before that, I was an editor at New Scientist magazine. You can see some of my recent work that’s relevant to this trip on the sidebar under ‘Me Elsewhere‘.
You can follow our journey on the maps, which I try to keep updated, by clicking on Where on Earth?
If you have any suggestions of people or places that I should visit on this trip, please let me know on the comment form or by email – I’m always looking for ideas.
I am currently reading a fantastic science-history adventure book called Decoding the Heavens, which is the story behind the Antikythera mechanism. This 2000-year-old clockwork device, which was discovered in an Ancient Greek shipwreck, turns out to be the world’s first computer. It’s a remarkable tale and written beautifully by my good friend Jo Marchant (who sounds like one of the Little Women, but is actually far more talented and glamourous). You can hear her discussing the book with BBC clevercloggs Andrew Marr.Follow @WanderingGaia