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After the Ice: Life, Death, and Geopolitics in the New Arctic Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 1, 2009
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He tells us in well-documented form that while the rest of the world might get exercised about the occasional polar bear, there are serious developments involving control, industrialization, oil drilling, ethnic issues and much more, related to the changes occurring in the frozen North. What we don't see because it is so far out of our view is the international struggle to control its future because so much of the rapidly fading past is lost for good. Anderson has spent much time watching developments, interviewing experts on site, and witnessing the loss of habitat and displacement of people. For those who are worried about the seas rising because of melting ice or the loss of ice-packed beautiful scenery, Anderson acknowledges those concerns but notes that events are rapidly moving ahead of those obvious issues. As the ice thins and then disappears, new sea routes are opening, setting off struggles among Greenland, Canada, the United States, Russia Norway and others, all of whom want to control the area and have access to its natural resources.
For those most concerned about the damage to native seal, walrus and polar bear populations, this well-written book offers plenty of heartbreaking material as he quotes people who witnessed starving bears, walrus stampedes and the changes in human culture. But everything he writes is buttressed by charts, documented by scientists, in many cases, for decades.
Deniers of the human factor in global climate change won't be swayed by these facts either but everyone else will rightly be concerned by what is going on and who is determining the future of such a vast and important part of the globe.
The Arctic represents something unique in this world, as it is one of the last large areas of unclaimed territory. It now has the attention of many countries, all interested in possibilities of vast reserves of natural gas and oil. Anderson does a thorough job of describing the diversity of geopolitics in the North, as well as the many various scientific findings of the last 20 years. He puts this all together in an informative page-turner. Anyone who has ever given climate change a single thought should read this book. Anderson writes with a style that allows the reader to make his or her own conclusions; he simply presents facts, and extremely interesting ones at that.
Anderson's style is enjoyable, as he presents viewpoints that one would not think of conventionally. He discusses the science and money that is being put into the oil industry, the Inuit tribes that are observing changes never seen before, microscopic species that are dependent upon the ice, and the possible transformations the ecosystems and food webs are facing. This book is difficult to put down, and it allows you to appreciate what we currently have. It is undeniable that change is coming. Anderson explains why in an eloquent yet casual manner, connecting with the reader on a deeper level. Overall, it is a book well worth reading. Anyone who has ever given climate change a single thought should read this book.
This book gives a new and private view on the effects of global warming and climate change. Anderson delves deep into the personal experiences of the native people of the Arctic. In doing so, he replaces the distant picture of a melting expanse of ice with one of human suffering and loss. Anderson also refutes the common notion that global warming is not affecting us by showing that the ice is vanishing as we speak. And although it is too late to stop the process completely, he says we can still slow the process down enough to possibly allow the people and animal species time to adapt. In short, Anderson simplifies complex and misunderstood problems into something that is easy to grasp.
Anderson boldly attempts to balance the sad realities of the present Arctic with the hopeful possibilities of the future Arctic. He condenses all of the uses and effects of ice into one concise book - and all of the information is effectively supported with facts and statistics from knowledgeable experts in the field. Although Anderson's writing is filled with detailed evidence, it is not dense. His writing style is relatively easy to read and friendly to average readers - a great asset to his cause.
This book is a must read for all levels of environmental knowledge. The topics in Anderson's book often caused me to ponder about feedback processes, weather cycles, and if countries had the right to "own" the Arctic - all issues I never would have thought about before reading about it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is slightly dated but global warming continues to be a factor in the polar areas. This is a science journalist approach rather than a scientific report, so it is quite... Read morePublished 10 months ago by lyndonbrecht
This very well-written book is a calm, factual and compelling account of the realities of climate change. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard Middleton
This book is clearly written by someone who cares about the Arctic and what is happening and will happen in the future, but there is no preaching, no moralizing against oil... Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Christopher Higgins
This amazing book gives the most comprehensive picture of the Arctic I've ever seen.
You'll learn all about ice, types, age, thickness and vulnerability. Read more
Shanell writes: Alun Anderson documents how the melting sea ice will change the Arctic in regards to biospheres, Inuit lifestyles, and geopolitics. Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by NJK
"Forget the familiar view of the world with the great land masses of Asia, American, Europe , and Africa dominating the map. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by Brian
Much of the information surrounding climate change is fragmented and mangled before it even reaches us. Newscasters look for "good stories," and siphon off much information. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by Nicole
Anderson has the intention of convincing the reader that the Arctic is currently being mismanaged, politically and environmentally, especially by the nearby countries, and that... Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by Roger