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  • Published: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241009420
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

A Farewell To Ice




The most authoritative account yet of what is happening in the Arctic - the 'canary in the mine' of planetary change.

Peter Wadhams is Professor of Ocean Physics at Cambridge University and the world's leading expert on sea ice, having made forty-five journeys to polar regions during his professional life. This book examines the natural properties of sea ice, explaining how it is able to act as an air and water cooling system for our oceans. It gives a brief history of ice on our planet and explains what is happening to it now. Using the latest research from the Arctic Ocean he shows that change is occurring much faster than previously predicted, and that in September 2015 the North Pole is likely to be ice-free for the first time in history.%%%A captivating guide to the past, present and future of 'the amazing crystal' that plays a vital role in regulating our planet
Most of the scientific establishment predict that the North Pole will be free of ice around the middle of this century. As Peter Wadhams, the world's leading expert on sea ice, demonstrates in this book, even this bleak assessment of the future is grossly optimistic. Wadhams has visited the Polar Regions more often than any other living scientist - 50 times since he was on the first ship to circumnavigate the Americas in 1970 - and has a uniquely authoritative perspective on the changes they have undergone and where those changes will lead. From his observations and the latest scientific research, he describes how dramatically sea ice has diminished over the past three decades, to the point at which, by the time this book is published, the Arctic may be free of ice for the first time in 10,000 years.
Wadhams shows how sea ice is the 'canary in the mine' of planetary climate change. He describes how it forms and the vital role it plays in reflecting solar heat back into space and providing an 'air conditioning' system for the planet. He shows how a series of rapid feedbacks in the Arctic region are accelerating change there more rapidly than almost all scientists - and political authorities - have previously realised, and the dangers of further acceleration are very real.
A Farewell to Ice is a report from the frontline of planetary change by a leading authority, presenting incontrovertible scientific data, but always in clear language which the layman can easily understand. It is one of the most important books published in recent years about the existential challenge which human civilization now faces.
%%%A report from the Arctic
Most of the scientific establishment predict that the North Pole will be free of ice around the middle of this century. As Peter Wadhams, the world's leading expert on sea ice, demonstrates in this book, even this bleak assessment of the future is grossly optimistic. Wadhams has visited the Polar Regions more often than any other living scientist - 50 times since he was on the first ship to circumnavigate the Americas in 1970 - and has a uniquely authoritative perspective on the changes they have undergone and where those changes will lead. From his observations and the latest scientific research, he describes how dramatically sea ice has diminished over the past three decades, to the point at which, by the time this book is published, the Arctic may be free of ice for the first time in 10,000 years.
Wadhams shows how sea ice is the 'canary in the mine' of planetary climate change. He describes how it forms and the vital role it plays in reflecting solar heat back into space and providing an 'air conditioning' system for the planet. He shows how a series of rapid feedbacks in the Arctic region are accelerating change there more rapidly than almost all scientists - and political authorities - have previously realised, and the dangers of further acceleration are very real.
A Farewell to Ice is a report from the frontline of planetary change by a leading authority, presenting incontrovertible scientific data, but always in clear language which the layman can easily understand. It is

  • Pub date: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241009420
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

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