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Future Arctic by Edward Struzik
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really liked it
bookshelves: antarctica-arctic-and-polar, natural-hx, netgalley, reading-challenge, read2015

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. Longer stretches of warm weather are already changing land and sea at historic rates, opening up new areas to invasive species and human exploitation…and lots of bugs! Personally, I found this a tough read for that reason (it’s not a happy topic), but Struzik as a writer is neither an alarmist nor does he dwell solely on misery—refreshing in literature about climate change—and he sticks to his mostly objective journalist guns throughout. Some of the details and numbers were a little much for my poor humanities brain, but I would happily recommend this book to anyone interested in climate change, Artic issues, or ecology.
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Reading Progress

December 14, 2014 – Started Reading
December 14, 2014 – Shelved
December 14, 2014 – Shelved as: antarctica-arctic-and-polar
December 14, 2014 – Shelved as: natural-hx
December 31, 2014 – Shelved as: netgalley
December 31, 2014 – Shelved as: reading-challenge
December 31, 2014 – Shelved as: read2015
January 1, 2015 – Finished Reading

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