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Henry Pollack

A World without Ice

The collapse of ice sheets and the disappearance of glaciers are two of the the most visible effects of global warming. In A World without Ice Henry Pollack gives an explanation of what is happening to the ice on our planet.

The book starts with three chapters which consider what we know about ice, including ice ages, polar exploration, and the science of ice. The next three chapters are about global warming, with a description of past warming episodes and a discussion of how the present warming is caused by human activities. Pollack then looks at the recent melting of ice at the poles and the shrinking of mountain glaciers. The final chapter examines what our options are in dealing with the problem of global warming.

The book covers a wide range of topics, and I think that this let it down. I would have liked a book which went deeper into the subject indicated by the title, which is clearly one that deserves looking into, but I felt that this one wandered around too much. If you're looking for a general introduction into the nature of global warming then this book might suit you, but for something more specific I would look elsewhere. info
Hardcover 304 pages  
ISBN: 1583333576
Salesrank: 2222488
Published: 2009 Avery
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Product Description
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 Ice traces 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 Ice answers our most urgent questions about this pending crisis, laying out the necessary steps for managing the unavoidable and avoiding the unmanageable.