By Alun Anderson
An eye-opening examine the winners and losers within the high-stakes tale of Arctic transformation, from countries to natives to animals to the very panorama itself
The Arctic--like the canary within the coal mine--has reacted extra fast and dramatically to international warming than many had expected. enormous quantities of scientists are urgently attempting to are expecting simply how the Arctic will switch and the way these alterations will in flip have an effect on the remainder of the planet. yet lots of folks, pushed through revenue instead of information, have an interest in addition. The riches of the world's final virgin territory have spurred the reawakening of previous geopolitical rivalries. the U.S., Canada, Russia, Norway, and the Danish territory of Greenland all keep an eye on components round the Arctic Ocean. we are facing a brand new period of oil rigs and drill ships, of tankers taking shortcuts from Yokohama to Rotterdam, in addition to a possible struggle over the Arctic's treasures.
Alongside the winners from an open Arctic sea are the various losers, from the nomadic reindeer herders of Siberia and Scandinavia to the Inuit hunters of Alaska, Greenland, and Canada. different creatures that depend on the tremendous expanses of sea ice, together with seals, birds, and whales--and the ecosystems in which they live--may disappear to get replaced via various creatures.
Combining technological know-how, enterprise, politics, and adven-ture, Alun Anderson takes the reader to the ends of the earth for what could be the final narrative portrait of this quickly altering land of extraordinary international importance.
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After the Ice: Life, Death, and Geopolitics in the New Arctic by Alun Anderson