- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (November 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583334076
- ISBN-13: 978-1583334072
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
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"In a world where everything frozen is now melting, we should barely need a book to get our attention. But clearly we do, and this is the book-a thorough reminder of what it means to live in a planet with poles and glaciers, and what it will be like without them."
-Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and author of the national bestseller Deep Economy
"Skiers rejoice when snow falls and Inuit hunters welcome sea ice, while commuters find winter storms an inconvenience. Henry Pollack has a much broader view. Speaking eloquently, forcefully, yet lyrically, he explains how snow and ice are the clockworks of our planet. A World Without Ice is a fascinating, scary, but informative portrait of Earth's delicate climate balance and the thresholds we are staring across."
-Jon Turk, author of The Raven's Gift
"The work of Dr. Pollack and the IPCC in bringing attention to the very serious dangers posed by climate change has been justly praised. This book shows how essential ice-caps and glaciers are. It is a welcome contribution to planetary conservation."
-Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and author of The Challenge For Africa
"A World Without Ice is part a history of ice on Earth, part a scientist's love song to his subject, and part an unsentimental eulogy to ice...The book offers a great opportunity for the novice to dip into climate science first-hand."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"Seldom has a scientist written so well and so clearly for the lay reader. Pollack's explanations of how researchers can tell that the climate is warming faster than normal are free of the usual scientific jargon and understandable."
-Betty Galbraith, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman; Library Journal, starred review
"Pollack, a geophysicist with the admirable ability to communicate in a language other than math, presents the stark facts of today's [climate] situation and offers careful descriptions of the likelihood of a frightening future, should earth's climate continue to change. . . . But he also offers some realistic hope that catastrophes may be mitigated, if not avoided."
-Patricia Monaghan, Booklist, starred review
About the Author
Henry Pollack, PhD, and his colleagues on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Core. Pollack has been a professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan for more than forty years and now serves as a science adviser to Al Gore's Climate Project training programs. Also the author of Uncertain Science…Uncertain World, he lives in Ann Arbor.
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Scientists like Henry Pollack deserve our respect and appreciation. Not just for their hard work, long hours, grueling travel schedule, being out in the elements, not seeing friends & family for weeks/months - but also because few scientists write books for non-scientists. And few are as well written as this.
Climate scientists, glaciologists and other Earth scientists are sounding the alarm, folks. What are you doing?
Our future depends upon informed and literate people on this climate change topic, supporting appropriate legislation and helping hold back the mindless, paralyzing fear that will halt efforts to mitigate this crisis and leave our children and grandchildren with life threatening problems to confront and misery in their lives.
One could say "balderdash", or some other stronger language, but the reality is that in the earth's near past, high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have done exactly what the author predicts - melt all the ice caps in the world. The reasons why this "natural" event is no longer acceptable include:
1) We are the cause of the carbon dioxide build-up this time; and we can stop the CO2 build-up if we wanted to;
2) Lots and lots of people live below two hundred feet elevation, and they will want somewhere else to live; and
3) A hotter world is not that great for growing food for billions of people, due to droughts at times, and unstoppable flooding at other times. (A warming planet is both drier when it doesn't rain, and wetter when it does finally get around to raining, due to more heat in the air, and also more water vapor in the heated air).
And yes, I've studied climate science since 1978, long before it became fashionable, so I know what I'm talking about, as does the author. Be a skeptic at your own peril.
The book can lapse into a type of academic approach at times, although it is certainly readable to the average person. Also recommended are the following four books on global warming and its consequences: "Hell and High Water" by Joseph Romm; "With Speed and Violence - Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change" by Fred Pearce; "Boiling Point" by Ross Gelbspan; and "Storms of My Grandchildren" by James Hansen.
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