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The End of Ice

Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
The New Press
 | 
March, 2020
ISBN:
9781620975978
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Acclaimed on its hardcover publication, a global journey that reminds us of how magical the planet were about to lose really is (Bill McKibben)

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 crisisfrom Alaska to Australias Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforestin order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.

In The End of Ice, 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 ghostly 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 melting glaciers. Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, 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 planets 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 chronicleincluding photographs throughout of Jamail on his journey across the worldof the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.

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