A farewell to ice A report from the Arctic

P. Wadhams

Book - 2017

"Based on five decades of research and observation, a haunting and unsparing look at the melting ice caps, and what their disappearance will mean. Peter Wadhams has been studying ice first-hand since 1970, completing 50 trips to the world's poles and observing for himself the changes over the course of nearly five decades. His conclusions are stark: the ice caps are melting. Following the hottest summer on record, sea ice in September 2016 was the thinnest in recorded history. There is... now the probability that within a few years the North Pole will be ice-free for the first time in 10,000 years, entering what some call the "Arctic death spiral." As sea ice, as well as land ice on Greenland and Antarctica, continues to melt, the rise in sea levels will devastate coastal communities across the world. The collapse of summer ice in the Arctic will release large amounts of methane currently trapped by offshore permafrost. Methane has twenty-three times greater greenhouse warming effect per molecule than CO2; an ice-free arctic summer will therefore have an albedo effect nearly equivalent to that of the last thirty years. A sobering but urgent and engaging book, A Farewell to Ice shows us ice's role on our planet, its history, and the true dimensions of the current global crisis, offering readers concrete advice about what they can do, and what must be done."--Provided by publisher.

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New York, NY : Oxford University Press [2017]
Physical Description
xv, 240 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-219) and index.
Main Author
P. Wadhams (author)
  • Introduction : a blue Arctic
  • Ice, the magic crystal
  • A brief history of ice on planet Earth
  • The modern cycle of ice ages
  • The greenhouse effect
  • Sea ice meltback begins
  • The future of Arctic sea ice : the death spiral
  • The accelerating effects of Arctic feedbacks
  • Arctic methane, a catastrophe in the making
  • Strange weather
  • The secret life of chimneys
  • What's happening to the Antarctic?
  • The state of the planet
  • A call to arms.