My book is not like the other books I have read. Polar bears perch on sea ice to ambush seals—the source of 90 percent of their calories—when the seals surface. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about nature. The reason why I say that is because he tells us about the animals and life there and how it all happened. Combining science, business, politics, and adventure, Alun Anderson takes the reader to the ends of the earth in a narrative portrait of this rapidly changing land of unparalleled global significance. His stories of dying animals and ways of life are more vivid than any hopeful fantasy, which is not to say that the thousands of scientists working on the myriad problems are without all hope.
Author Alun Anderson explores the effects of global warming amid new geopolitical rivalries, combining science, business, politics, and adventure to provide a fascinating narrative portrait of this rapidly changing land of unparalleled global significance. I do, however, recommend it to those new to climate change issues. If so, how will it be done, how much, by whom, with what benefits and what risks. The riches of the world's last virgin territory have spurred the reawakening of old geopolitical rivalries. With the right number of herbivores the ecosystem moves toward grassland and stays there. Alun the author of this book was on a boat that went into the arctic. The changes that are taking place in the Arctic will have great impact on the rest of the world.
Seals will also suffer, and warmer waters will bring southern fish species north, followed by the fishing boats that pursue them with such rapacity. But plenty of other people, driven by profit rather than data, are interested as well. This book would also be good for anyone who likes studying about the world or even traveling like me. And without questions sea levels are already rising as the global temperature is rising, and also as the ice goes, massive amounts of methane gas are released, there's an acceleration of the massive species die-off we are experiencing today, and so on. Another thing the book had going against it was that I have a lot of experience in the arena of climate change and the information contained within was not new to me however I do have knowledge that the author never could considering the publishing date.
New from Smithsonian Books, After the Ice is an eye-opening look at the winners and losers in the high-stakes story of Arctic transformation, from nations to native peoples to animals and the very landscape itself. He is best known as the editor in chief and publishing director of from 1992 to 2005. Alun Anderson offers a look at various aspects of that change with an eye to the potential dangers and benefits. This book would also be good for anyone who likes studying about the world or even traveling like me. I especially enjoyed discussions about the effects of shipping on the arctic as well as how changes in feb 10, 2010 lots of good reviews, just started reading, more later I found this book very comprehensive and fulfilling to read, not to say there weren't some slow parts involving microorganisms that can survive in arctic sea ice but with his authoritative interviews with many experts and long discussions about the various regions surrounding the arctic he more than made up for any shortcomings. The reason why I say that is because he tells us about the animals and life there and how it all happened. The best book I ever read on the Arctic won a National Book Award, Arctic Dreams, by Barry Lopez, and in some ways even back then he foresaw some of what created the conditions for the end of the ice.
I would rate this book a 7. After the ice : life, death, and geopolitics in the new Arctic. Other creatures that rely on the vast expanses of sea ice, including seals, birds, and whales—and the ecosystems within which they live—may disappear to be replaced by different creatures. Its an interesting new way of seeing the world. . The man continued to tell him the story he said that the baby would soon die because she is not the size she is supposed to be and she is without food.
The fact that the author succeeds in keeping his tone dispassionate doesn't make what he's talking about any less alarming. Hopeful but naive comments such as the Arctic being a more productive ocean overall due to growing climate impacts were irritating. The obvious decreases in area covered by ice does not take account of the decrease in ice depth or age. Alun felt badly as the story went on. This is where he saw a polar bear. The E-mail message field is required. And while there is certainly room for debate on whether the carbon tax is the best approach to reducing emissions, it is encouraging that he is one Republican who seems ready to set aside the politics of blame-the-black-guy to seek actual solutions.
The piece is titled, , and I am certain Paulson is sincere, but in the absence of any gray matter in today's nihilistic, scorched-earth Republican Party, no common sense recommendations have a prayer when they have to compete with what he calls short-termism. It is a rare thing and should be cherished. Hundreds of scientists are urgently trying to predict just how the Arctic will change and how those changes will in turn affect the rest of the planet. For example it tells you about the battle for oil and who owns it. Embodying the native Yupik belief that everything is constantly in transition, the handle can be seen as either a seal or a whale.
Scientists are urgently trying to predict just how the Arctic will change and how those changes will in turn affect the rest of the planet. The first third was a real education. Description New York : Smithsonian Books, c2009 298 p. Also, Russia exploded lots of nuclear bombs in the Arctic area. Alun wondered why the man was telling him something that was so sad.
I especially enjoyed discussions about the effects of shipping on the arctic as well as how changes in the arctic can be detrimental to all of humanity. As Alun Anderson reveals in this fascinating book, the melting snow and ice are now giving way to a much bigger story of battles over vast deposits of gas, oil and minerals, arguments over control of new sea lanes and disputes over access to huge new, untapped fisheries in rich, warming seas. Divided up in sections: the people, the ice, the borders, the politics. My one complaint is that I wish Anderson had devoted a chapter to what individuals can or should do to help the situation, because it feels pretty bleak right now. That keeps the grass growing and develops a thick soil which is a rich sink for carbon. The lake water is warmer and it migrates across the surface by eating the permfrost, digesting the materials and burping out the methane.