The End of Ice

The End of Ice

Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

Book - 2019
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"After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisis--from Alaska to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforest--in order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans. In [this book], we follow Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find bleached coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island where he meets the last subsistence seal hunters of the Bering Sea and witnesses its collapsing food web. Accompanied along the way by climate scientists and people whose families for centuries have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Ironically, this allows him to renew his passion for the planet's wild places, cherishing Earth in a way he has never been able to before. Like no other book, The End of Ice offers a firsthand chronicle of the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing and caring for this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, The New Press,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781620972342
Branch Call Number: 363.738 Jamail 2019
Characteristics: 257 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jun 06, 2019

Well documented and well written, and yes, heartbreaking and essential. Fifty plus years agao I read an article in Life magazine about climate. The closing line has always stayed with me. "Nature bats last."

ma1co1m May 22, 2019

Heartbreaking yet essential.

Feb 12, 2019

This is one of the most powerful books anyone could read. Simply put, in a factual, non-aggressive way, Mr. Jamail educates us on the damage that has been done and continues to be done to our precious Mother Earth. As a former Alaskan, I know exactly what he's talking about. During my time in Anchorage from 2000-2005 the winters simply weren't usually as bad as I imagined they would be when moving from Seattle.

If I could, I would make this and other books like them required reading for everyone. We all need to be better informed on this topic.


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