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The Ferocious Summer: Palmer's Penguins and the Warming of Antarctica Hardcover – 23 Aug 2007

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (23 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846680085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846680083
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,972,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hooper has a superb eye for detail and... a highly entertaining style. She points out early that she is not a scientist describing herself as an 'outsider' to the way scientists think and work. And yet this is one of the most important popular science books to be written in years. (Dick Ahlstrom Irish Times)

A vivid snapshot of the extraordinary challenges involved in understanding what is happening to the penguins and why one particular type of this much-loved bird is in sharp decline. (David Shukman Daily Mail)

Hooper's story of scientists, penguins and her growing obsession with the beauty of ice conveys the allure of working in this most challenging of environments. (Nick Rennison Sunday Times)

Hooper has a light - even charming- touch in her account of the challenges faced both by the penguins and the scientists who study them, but there are some very serious lessons for those who wish to heed them. (Michael Kerrigan Scotsman)

A breezy mix of anecdotal sketches recording life on the (Antarctic) base, topographical description, simple biology and accessible climate science (Sara Wheeler Daily Telegraph)

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Antarctica's capacity to create, store and disperse ice is critical to the way our planet functions. But along the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula there has been a 40% decrease in the mean annual sea ice extent since 1979. The daily life of a few thousand Adélie penguins became critical evidence of real, incontrovertible climate change. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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