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A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic Hardcover – 1 Sep 2016

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (1 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241009413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241009413
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Wadhams brings huge expertise to his subject - and he is an excellent writer. He explains why the fate of Arctic ice is crucial for the world's climate and clarifies the controversies and complexities that confront scientists and policymakers. A fascinating book. (Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, President of the Royal Society 2005-10)

Wadhams's particular combination - of scientific passion, a lyrical sense of wonder at the natural world, an ability to pluck clear analogies from the air, and outspoken analysis of consumer-capitalist politics - marks out A Farewell to Ice as essential reading. (John Burnside New Statesman)

Peter Wadhams has written a passionate, authoritative overview of the role of ice in our climate system, past, present and, scarily, the future. The book is a compelling combination of personal experience, the unique and strange physical characteristics of glacial and sea ice, and his understanding about where the Earth is heading if serious action is not taken. (Carl Wunsch, Professor Emeritus of Physical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

This most experienced and rational scientist states what so many other researchers privately fear but cannot publicly say - that the Arctic is approaching a death spiral which may see the entire remaining summer ice cover collapse in the near future. (John Vidal Guardian)

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Most of the scientific establishment predict that the North Pole will be free of ice around the middle of this century. As Peter Wadhams, the world's leading expert on sea ice, demonstrates in this book, even this assessment of the future is optimistic.

Wadhams has visited the Polar Regions more often than any other living scientist - 50 times since he was on the first ship to circumnavigate the Americas in 1970 - and has a uniquely authoritative perspective on the changes they have undergone and where those changes will lead. From his observations and the latest scientific research, he describes how dramatically sea ice has diminished over the past three decades, to the point at which, by the time this book is published, the Arctic may be free of ice for the first time in 10,000 years.

Wadhams shows how sea ice is the 'canary in the mine' of planetary climate change. He describes how it forms and the vital role it plays in reflecting solar heat back into space and providing an 'air conditioning' system for the planet. He shows how a series of rapid feedbacks in the Arctic region are accelerating change there more rapidly than almost all scientists - and political authorities - have previously realised, and the dangers of further acceleration are very real.

A Farewell to Ice is a report from the frontline of planetary change in the Arctic and Antarctic by a leading authority, presenting incontrovertible scientific data, but always in clear language which the layman can easily understand. It is one of the most important books published in recent years about the existential challenge which human civilization now faces.

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