By Henry Pollack Ph.D., Al Gore
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 top specialists on weather swap, Henry Pollack offers an obtainable, entire survey of ice as a strength of nature and the aptitude effects as we are facing the potential of an international with out ice.
A global with no Ice lines the impression of mountain glaciers on offers 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 various animals and sparked a world race for seabed oil and minerals. Catastrophic percentages loom, together with emerging sea degrees and next flooding of low-lying areas world wide. A international with out Ice solutions our so much pressing questions about this pending hindrance, laying out the required steps for dealing with the unavoidable and fending off the unmanageable.
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The greatest part of this Southern Continent (supposing there is one) must lie within the Polar Circle where the sea is so pestered with ice that the land is thereby inaccessible. . I can be bold to say that no man will ever venture farther than I have done, and that the lands which may lie to the south will never be explored. Thick fogs, snowstorms, intense cold and every other thing that can render navigation dangerous one has to encounter, and these difficulties are greatly heightened by the inexpressible horrid aspect of .
Some might ask—so what? Why should we care about vanishing glaciers and remote polar ice caps? Why does the disappearance of distant ice really matter to a farmer in Nebraska, an engineer in Rio de Janeiro, an investment banker in New York, a salesperson in Cincinnati, a bus driver in London, a tour guide in Tanzania, a child in Bangladesh, or a businessman in Beijing? The answer is that, on a global scale, ice plays a critical and major role in setting the temperature of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, governing major weather patterns, regulating sea level, and dramatically impacting agriculture, transportation, commerce, and even geopolitics.
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. This newly developing geopolitical turbulence will only be amplified by the fast-approaching disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic over the next few decades.
A World Without Ice by Henry Pollack Ph.D., Al Gore