By Henry Pollack Ph.D., Al Gore

A cowinner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize deals a clear-eyed clarification of the planet's imperiled ice.

a lot has been written approximately international warming, however the the most important dating among humans and ice has acquired little focus-until now. As one of many world's prime specialists on weather swap, Henry Pollack offers an available, entire survey of ice as a strength of nature and the aptitude outcomes as we are facing the opportunity of a global with no ice.

A international with out Ice lines the impact of mountain glaciers on provides of consuming water and agricultural irrigation, in addition to the present result of melting permafrost and shrinking Arctic sea ice-a scenario that has degraded the habitat of diverse animals and sparked a global race for seabed oil and minerals. Catastrophic chances loom, together with emerging sea degrees and next flooding of low-lying areas world wide. A global with no Ice solutions our such a lot pressing questions on this pending hindrance, laying out the mandatory steps for handling the unavoidable and heading off the unmanageable.

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Currently, however, international attitudes about the Arctic are once again turning colder. The fast-diminishing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has opened the possibility of easy access to vast reaches of the ocean that have been inaccessible for millennia or longer. Nations surrounding the Arctic Ocean are now imagining the possibilities of petroleum and natural gas, trade routes and fisheries. There is renewed interest in novel interpretations of the Law of the Sea as a vehicle of governance in the Arctic.

Global warming. I. Title. 31’2—dc22 This book is printed on recycled paper. While the author has made every effort to provide accurate telephone numbers and Internet addresses at the time of publication, neither the publisher nor the author assumes any responsibility for errors, or for changes that occur after publication. Further, the publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content. com To my students and colleagues who have helped me understand how Earth works FOREWORD Humanity has arrived at a historic moment of decision.

The United States and the Soviet Union were in effect conducting parallel and redundant geophysical surveys of the Arctic marine environment. The cold war ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in late 1991. By the end of 1992, Boris Yeltsin and Viktor Chernomyrdin were occupying the offices of president and prime minister of the Russian Federation, respectively. In the United States, Bill Clinton was elected president and Al Gore as vice-president in 1992. The new leadership in both countries presented new opportunities for cooperation.

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