Future Arctic

Future Arctic

Field Notes From A World on the Edge

Book - 2015
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In one hundred years, or even fifty, the Arctic will look dramatically different than it does today. As polar ice retreats and animals and plants migrate northward, the Arctic landscape is morphing into something new and very different from what it once was. While these changes may seem remote, they will have a profound impact on a host of global issues, from international politics to animal migrations. In Future Arctic , journalist and explorer Edward Struzik offers a clear-eyed look at the rapidly shifting dynamics in the Arctic region, a harbinger of changes that will reverberate throughout our entire world.

Future Arctic reveals the inside story of how politics and climate change are altering the polar world in a way that will have profound effects on economics, culture, and the environment as we know it. Struzik takes readers up mountains and cliffs, and along for the ride on snowmobiles and helicopters, sailboats and icebreakers. His travel companions, from wildlife scientists to military strategists to indigenous peoples, share diverse insights into the science, culture and geopolitical tensions of this captivating place. With their help, Struzik begins piecing together an environmental puzzle: How might the land's most iconic species--caribou, polar bears, narwhal--survive? Where will migrating birds flock to? How will ocean currents shift? What fundamental changes will oil and gas exploration have on economies and ecosystems? How will vast unclaimed regions of the Arctic be divided?

A unique combination of extensive on-the-ground research, compelling storytelling, and policy analysis, Future Arctic offers a new look at the changes occurring in this remote, mysterious region and their far-reaching effects.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Island Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781610917179
Characteristics: 199 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Nov 23, 2017

The Arctic Cryosphere is changing faster than Science can keep pace with evaluating the ramifications. However, one aspect about them has become irrefutably clear.
They are global in magnitude.
"Future Arctic" calls attention to a relevance still unrecognized by most of us dwelling below the 66th Parallel. The author explains the currently definable issues arising from this previously unimaginable rate of environmental collapse, now occurring right before our eyes.
Perhaps an interpretation of this book's premise could be:
The Arctic is the proverbial "Canary in a Coal Mine"......to the entire Planet.
And it's beginning to gag.

Aug 18, 2017

This is an essential recounting of what is happening throughout the Arctic, the territories surrounding the geographic north pole. Basically good writing in a reporting style (Struzik is a journalist). The facts highlighted here are mind-boggling: the melting Arctic, rising sea levels, storm surges that reach far inland, the tragic threat to all the life in the area, marine, land and avian, the ongoing, misguided search for oil, gas, and now diamonds. Struzik’s constant incorrect use of “most” for "almost" or “mostly” is very disconcerting and it is distressing that the editor didn’t catch a single misuse. The book greatly suffers from the lack of an index and a glossary of terms, as well as from photographs that do not strongly relate to the text and a map that is virtually impossible to read and centered on the North Pole. I would still recommend this volume to anyone who wants to know more about how the Arctic is affected by climate warming.

May 18, 2016

The writing is just okay. Not sure how much of this is new. The map is poor, photos are not closely related to the text, and there are several errors.

Sep 21, 2015

A "must read" exposé of the impact of global atmospheric warming on the natural and human elements of the Arctic; and a careful assessment of the ways to protect the High Arctic. The author provides up-to-date science and other information supported by three decades of travel in high latitudes. While a simple map orients the reader the lack of an index and a glossary of technical terms and acronyms are serious deficiencies.


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Sep 21, 2015

"... for every barrel of [tar sands] oil, 2.6 barrels of water [are] withdrawn from the Athabasca River. ... With oil sands production expected to triple by 2030, the amount of water being diverted from the Athabasca [River] could be as high as 30 percent of its natural flow. Some energy industry economists are already suggesting that the oil sands could face water shortages by then (p. 33)."

Sep 21, 2015

"The chief problem now is climate change which is rapidly melting sea ice. Without sea ice ... many [polar] bears will not be able to use it as a feeding platform to hunt ... ringed seals. As a consequence, polar bears will be forced to spend more time fasting on land where they pose a greater risk to human populations in the Arctic (p. 98). ... a landmark U.S. Geological Survey report in 2008 [predicts] that two-thirds of the world's polar bears ... will disappear by mid-century ... (p. 92)."

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