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 fast and dramatically to worldwide warming than many had expected. 1000s of scientists are urgently attempting to are expecting simply how the Arctic will swap and the way these adjustments will in flip have an effect on the remainder of the planet. yet lots of people, pushed via revenue instead of info, have an interest besides. The riches of the world's final virgin territory have spurred the reawakening of previous geopolitical rivalries. the us, Canada, Russia, Norway, and the Danish territory of Greenland all keep watch over 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 upon the monstrous 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 various creatures.
Combining technological know-how, 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 value.
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