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Future Arctic by Edward Struzik
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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 happened quite often in the region, and it has changed dramatically before. It's not really a book about the "Future Arctic" since Struzik focuses on the present dangers much more than what the future will look like. It's more a book about the fact that the Arctic is changing dramatically and we will have to wait and see just by how much.

The one odd stylistic choice is the frequent repetition of similar data and phrasing between chapters. It almost feels as though the book were stitched together from various articles published at different times. But I don't think it detracts from the book's point at all, it's just a bit jarring at times.

The book is a breezy and terrifying read, but in the end it's surprisingly hopeful. The resiliency of life is a big theme, and while you're depressed at the destruction humanity has wrought, you're amazed too to watch the profound changes that the region is making to try to adapt at a breakneck speed.
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