25th out of 53 books — 13 voters
The Melting World: A Journey Across America's Vanishing Glaciers
by Christopher White (Goodreads Author)
Global warming usually seems to happen far away, but one catastrophic effect of climate change is underway right now in the Rocky Mountains. In The Melting World, Chris White travels to Montana to chronicle the work of Dan Fagre, a climate scientist and ecologist, whose work shows that alpine glaciers are vanishing rapidly close to home. For years, Fagre has monitored the...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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This book focuses on how climate change is affecting and will affect North America's glaciers - most specifically the glaciers in Glacier National Park in Montana. As such, it is not so broad and sweeping as some other books on climate change, but it allows the author to be more specific. White an ecologist-turned-glaciologist Dan Fagre on several research trips to measure the shrinkage of the glaciers, which was very interesting. I found the discussions on how climate change will affect the flo...more
This up-to-date publication about global warming focuses primarily on Glacier National Park and its disappearing glaciers which will require the park to be renamed in a couple decades, since there will be no glaciers left. The book is interesting and does go off on a brief tangent to Europe, but is a good look at the problem in the Northern Rockies. Interesting and sobering.