9781583334072

A World Without Ice

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  • ISBN13:

    9781583334072

  • ISBN10:

    1583334076

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/2/2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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Summary

A co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize offers a clear-eyed explanation of the planet's imperiled ice. Much has been written about global warming, but the crucial relationship between people and ice has received little focus-until now. As one of the world's leading experts on climate change, Henry Pollack provides an accessible, comprehensive survey of ice as a force of nature, and the potential consequences as we face the possibility of a world without ice. A World Without Icetraces the effect of mountain glaciers on supplies of drinking water and agricultural irrigation, as well as the current results of melting permafrost and shrinking Arctic sea ice-a situation that has degraded the habitat of numerous animals and sparked an international race for seabed oil and minerals. Catastrophic possibilities loom, including rising sea levels and subsequent flooding of lowlying regions worldwide, and the ultimate displacement of millions of coastal residents. A World Without Iceanswers our most urgent questions about this pending crisis, laying out the necessary steps for managing the unavoidable and avoiding the unmanageable.

Author Biography

Henry Pollack, Ph.D., and his colleagues on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. 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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vi
Prefacep. x
Discovering Icep. 1
Ice And Life: On Earth and Beyondp. 35
When Ice Ruled the Worldp. 67
Warming Upp. 97
Nature at Workp. 133
Human Footprintsp. 151
Melting Ice, Rising Seasp. 191
Choices Amid Changep. 231
Afterwordp. 276
Acknowledgmentsp. 281
Indexp. 284
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