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Future Arctic: Field Notes from a World on the Edge

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In one hundred years, or even fifty, the Arctic will look dramatically different than it does today. As polar ice retreats and animals and plants migrate northward, the arctic landscape is morphing into something new and very different from what it once was. While these changes may seem remote, they will have a profound impact on a host of global issues, from international ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Island Press
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Clare O'Beara
This author is a 'journalist and explorer' according to this book but that doesn't begin to cover what is on his Linked In page. My recommendation would be to provide more background on the author so that we can see that he does indeed know his topic.

The book follows major patterns of change now visible and being studied by a wide range of Arctic scientists, from ecologists to fire scientists.

As the continent of North America warms and dries we see more wildfires; these are now spreading to th
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Elisabeth
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent read and absolutely a must read for anyone interested in ... well the future of life on the planet. I have been watching the progress of Shell's Polar Destroyer... oops, I mean Polar Pioneer as it makes its way northward to begin drilling the Arctic and so this book was a highly relevant read at this time.

The connections between *everything* are mind boggling and brought out well in this book, not just connections in the ecosystem, but also connections between politics and potential fu
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Jason
Full disclosure: I asked for and received a galley of this title from Island Press through NetGalley.

Struzik mixes journalism and travelogue to investigate all aspects of climate change’s effect on Arctic ecology: from plant life to the seas to native human populations. Using scientific data and observation, he also ponders what Arctic regions will look like in the near future (hence the title of the book). Unsurprisingly, most of it does not bode well for many Arctic species and environments. L
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Bruce Butler
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author does a thorough job of showing how the Arctic is changing due to human activity. Using indicators such as: the frequency and intensity of storms; the sudden increase in cross-species breeding, and polar bear and caribou population drops, Struzik warns us of the profound impact we are having on what once was a pristine ecosystem.

Future Arctic is a cautionary tale, warning how government inaction combined with corporate greed and short-sightedness is inexorably altering the Arctic.

Anyon
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Greg Donworth
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A topic that I knew very little about before opening this book, I now consider to be very well versed. This book details biological, environmental, economical & political issues regarding the Arctic and its boundaries. A great read for anyone interested in the future of our world.
Matt
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Future Arctic” by Edward Struzik, excellent on its own, is also a good complementary read to a book like Kennedy Warne’s “Let Them Eat Shrimp.” Both are about “underdog” ecosystems, one cold, the other quite warm, both stressed by climate change, vulnerable to exploitation of their respective resources, and, as is sadly often the case, the people living there are marginalized by outside interests. Struzik presents a wide range of the challenges the Arctic is already facing, and what we need to ...more
Steve
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Struzik's book is a fascinating look at a world so few of us know. He describes developments in the Arctic with a harrowing clarity and his condemnation of the Harper government's inaction is damning. His passion for the place really comes through.

Struzik really emphasizes the long view. Even though he presents the horrors that climate change will wreak and is already wreaking on the flora, fauna, and people living in the region, he is emphatic in continually stressing that extinctions have hap
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Alex Telander
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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“Just the tip of the iceberg” is a painfully apropos metaphor for the state of climate change and how the Arctic and Antarctic zones of the planet serve as a sort of scrying stone for what the future may hold. While some evidence may be hard to come by for the current state of the world, what is happening in the Arctic is undeniable fact melting before our very eyes.

Edward Struzik is a hardcore explorer and journalist who has traveled across the limits of the Arctic and in Future Arctic paints a
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Charisse VanDerwerken
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have to admit, this book is hard to get through. It's definitely not my typical genre but I thought I'd give it a whirl. Struzik writes with too much detail and not enough story. It's clear he had so many amazing experiences through his travels across the Arctic but he only briefly mentions them. Some examples: he's caught in a dangerous storm in the middle of a lake, his boat starts sinking in the middle of an expedition, he meets incredible vibrant characters who live unique lives, and he en ...more
Chris Aylott
Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Canadian journalist Struzik explores the connections of the Arctic ecosystem and the changes that are happening to its climate and animal populations. He's better with the biology than the politics, since the later chapters dissolve into a blizzard of treaty names and interest books. However, this is a sobering book that points out that we are long past preventing the current wave of climate change, and now have to give serious thought about how to manage it.
Roxanne
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The future of the Artic is in danger. The ice is melting and species of some birds, bears and other animals could go extinct if they lose their ice. This change will affect the whole world also and some towns on the seaboards will be gone, overtaken by water. But no on listens to this information or really cares except us citizens.
Barefoot Danger
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're interested in conservation or the Arctic, this is probably a great read. For general interest readers it can be dry and boring at times. I preferred the wildlife stuff to the talk about melting icecaps and politics/diplomacy, myself.
Foggygirl
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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