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Extreme Ice Now: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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Using both time-lapse and conventional photography as well as digital video, the Extreme Ice Survey is the most extensive visual study ever conducted to illustrate the catastrophic melting of glacial ice. The result is a dramatic and timely demonstration of global warming’s dangerous consequences from Alaska to Iceland to the Alps. Serviced via foot, horseback, dogsled, skis, fishing boats, and helicopters at 15 sites in the Northern Hemisphere and programmed to shoot once an hour, every hour of daylight, each of the 26 cameras captures approximately 4,000 images per year. This stunning collection of photographs will form a companion exhibition traveling to museums all over the world as part of an urgent outreach campaign aimed at educating the public about global warming and providing irrefutable scientific evidence of how rapidly our planet’s climate is changing.
Launched in the fall of 2006 and scheduled to continue until late summer of 2009, the remarkable Extreme Ice Survey archive will ultimately total more than 300,000 photographs--a treasure trove of data for researchers and a portrait of nature as arresting and unforgettable as it is ominous.
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The photography that is present in the book is superb, but at times it is difficult to see what the author is trying to show due to the small frame size of the photos. Making the book a larger size would have provided a remedy to this problem. In addition, the writing is weak and either should have been reduced, or the photographer should have been paired with a better and more knowledgeable writer.
A good look at what is happening in the Polar Regions, but I am not sure it is worth the price charged. I would tend to view it in a library setting first to see if it meets expectations.
Many books are being written about climate change, many of them very good, but most of them are dense and speak to those who are already persuaded. I think Extreme Ice Now is such an important contribution to the this arena that I am using it as an incentive during the membership drive for the Spheres of Influence Salon on Climate Change.
Read this book and pass it on to a friend.
"First, the ice shows that when the atmosphere contains more carbon, temperatures rise; when it contains less, the temperature cools off. Second, when the climate reaches a tipping point, it can flip-flop from dramatically colder to dramatically warmer regimes in as little as 1 to 3 years. Third, natural processes have made atmospheric carbon dioxide fluctuate between 180 and 285 parts per million by volume (ppmv) from 800,000 years ago to 250 years ago. In all that time, it has NEVER been above 285 ppmv...Today, the global average is 385ppmv. In many urban areas the carbon dioxide level hovers near 500 ppmv...This information changed me from being a climate change sceptic to a climate change believer."
The above is what you'll find in this interesting, slim book by James Balog. Balog is a nature & science photographer and author.
This book consists of two intermeshed parts:
(1) color photographs of ice in the form of icebergs, glaciers, etc., all photographed by Balog. There is a brief explanation given for each photo.
(2) text in the form of brief essays.
The photographs are in a word--stunning. Balog travels all over the world (like to Switzerland, Greenland, Alaska) for his spectacular photographs. On some of these photos, Balog indicates on the photo itself what he wants you to see. Unfortunately, for a few photos I had a difficult time seeing exactly what Balog wanted me to see. (I found this frustrating.)
I found the text, contrary to what other reviewers say, very informative. It is succinct and does not bog down the viewer with excessive detail.Read more ›
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I am new to understanding the climate change issues. With every point that argues towards a crisis, there exists a counter argument that it doesn't exist. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by J. Espinoza
Nice book, really great presentation in the hard cover folder package which was not stated, to my recollection, in the item description. Great price too. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by mwoel777
Extreme Ice NOW: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate, published by National Geographic in 2009, includes essays by award-winning author/photographer James Balog, along with... Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Mary Whipple
I leafed through this book which was a gift. Very interesting to say the least.Published on June 14, 2010 by Gina Fleming
"Extreme Ice Now" is a fine picture book.
It is also an extremely enthusiastic advocate of you doing your
personal best to fight global climate change of the... Read more
Stunning full-page color photos in a fine small book with slipcase makes EXTREME ICE NOW a fine pick for any collection strong in changing nature in the world. Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
James Balog is a very brave and amazing photographer. To really understand this book you should watch the PBS documentary Extreme Ice to see the dangerous nature of producing this... Read morePublished on June 15, 2009 by Future Watch Writer