By Alun Anderson
An eye-opening examine the winners and losers within the high-stakes tale of Arctic transformation, from international locations to natives to animals to the very panorama itself
The Arctic--like the canary within the coal mine--has reacted extra quick and dramatically to worldwide warming than many had expected. enormous quantities of scientists are urgently attempting to expect simply how the Arctic will switch and the way these adjustments will in flip impact the remainder of the planet. yet lots of people, pushed by means of revenue instead of information, have an interest besides. The riches of the world's final virgin territory have spurred the reawakening of outdated geopolitical rivalries. the USA, 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 numerous losers, from the nomadic reindeer herders of Siberia and Scandinavia to the Inuit hunters of Alaska, Greenland, and Canada. different creatures that depend upon the substantial expanses of sea ice, together with seals, birds, and whales--and the ecosystems during which they live--may disappear to get replaced by means of diverse creatures.
Combining technology, company, 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 swiftly altering land of exceptional worldwide importance.
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