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After the Ice: Life, Death, and Geopolitics in the New Arctic

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  12 reviews
An eye-opening look at the winners and losers in the high-stakes story of Arctic transformation, from nations to natives to animals to the very landscape itself

The Arctic—like the canary in the coal mine—has reacted more quickly and dramatically to global warming than many had anticipated. Hundreds of scientists are urgently trying to predict just how the Arctic will chan
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ebook, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Collins Reference (first published November 12th 2009)
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Will Byrnes
UPDATE - 8/28/12 - see link at bottom

This is a must read for anyone who is interested in international affairs, ecological threats or climate issues. The changes that are taking place in the Arctic will have great impact on the rest of the world. Alun Anderson offers a look at various aspects of that change with an eye to the potential dangers and benefits.

Anderson looks first at the people who inhabit the north, the Inuit, whether in Canada, Greenland, the USA or Russia, reports on the issues
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Lara
Did you guys watch the BBC series Planet Earth? If you didn’t, you totally should. It was amazing. My favorite episode was the one about the Arctic, although I positively sobbed at the part where they showed a hungry polar bear swimming in open water, miles from shore, in search of ice (where food – seals – would be). The narrator (I think it was Sigourney Weaver) explained that, due to global warming, the Arctic ice has been melting earlier and in larger quantities, which is making it more and ...more
Nikki
2.5 stars

One thing this book immediately had going against it was the date it was published. 2009 may not seem that long ago but in the scientific world, especially in the realm of climate change, this actually makes the book dated. Another thing the book had going against it was that I have a lot of experience in the arena of climate change and the information contained within was not new to me (however I do have knowledge that the author never could considering the publishing date). Had I been
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Chrisl
Quotes that represent content from After the Ice by Alun Anderson

“ … until just a couple of years ago, we had no real idea that as the Arctic warmed, methane would begin fizzing out of its innards and into the atmosphere. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas …Now we know that methane is bubbling out of ponds in the tundra and out of the Arctic’s shallow warming seas in places where it had never been seen before.
“The surface cover of ice trapped all the gases … It’s transparent so I could walk a
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Nicole
Nicole Guimarães Independent Reading Assignment
After The Ice by Alun Anderson
After the Ice is about the arctic. Throughout the book it talks about many topics. One of them is called “turn the world on its side” it’s about how the arctic started and what happened to it over the years. My book is not like the other books I have read. It tells me more about this guy’s adventure in the arctic and what he learnt. This book tells you the stories of the arctic. For example it tells you about the battl
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Will
This takes the usual map of the world and turns it through 90 degrees, looking at the arctic as a single region. Its an interesting new way of seeing the world.

The book is a neutral account of what is happening in the Arctic, especially related to ice reduction, species change and petroleum exploration. The fact that the author succeeds in keeping his tone dispassionate doesn't make what he's talking about any less alarming. I knew at least some of what he was talking about already, but the scop
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Peter
feb 10, 2010 lots of good reviews, just started reading, more later

I found this book very comprehensive and fulfilling to read, not to say there weren't some slow parts involving microorganisms that can survive in arctic sea ice but with his authoritative interviews with many experts and long discussions about the various regions surrounding the arctic he more than made up for any shortcomings.

I especially enjoyed discussions about the effects of shipping on the arctic as well as how changes in
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Andy
Huge change is coming to the Arctic: the ice will go, creatures like the polar bear, walrus and narwhal will lose their historic habitat, and ice melt may change global geography and life. This superb book explains how and what we might be able to do to mitigate these momentous changes.
Beth Allen
Makes me want to visit the arctic. (In the summer.) That such a huge and important part of our planet has had so little research done is frightening. That various governments are involved in political tussles over a place that is so important to our planet, is scary.
Peter
An interesting book with some scary predictions. In places a bit 'dense' so I skipped some bits. The prospect of an ice free arctic is not good for the world but probably can't be stopped.Worth a read.
Marty
Feb 25, 2010 Marty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Awesome, but totally depressing. Makes me want to plan a trip to the Artic now before it's totally different.
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