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A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic

A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic

作者 : Peter Wadhams

出版社 : Allen Lane

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英國劍橋大學極地海洋物理專家Peter Wadhams最驚心動魄、痛心的環境變化簡報:消失的北極冰

「這是我讀過有關氣候變化最令我內心衝擊的一本作品,我們不能再否認正在發生的恐怖真相。」─英國王室環保顧問、未來論壇創辦人暨總監Jonathon Porritt
Wadhams比其他生態學家更常造訪北極,從1970年開始他一共到北極多達50多次。
 
在經年累月的研究及觀察,加上科學數據的預測,過去30年來北極冰層面積不斷縮小,北極冰層很可能在今年或明年消失,將是1萬年來首次出現「無冰現象」,將導致部分物種瀕臨絕種。Wadhams認為消失的北極冰將是地球氣候劇變的不祥徵兆,北極正處在一個非常不尋常的狀態,無冰現象將導致北極地區反射太陽光的能力降低,造成加速氣候暖化,因而造成極端的氣候變化。書中提供了詳盡的科學數據及淺顯易懂的科學真相,希望透過本書讓更多人正視氣候暖化帶給地球的驚人影響及變化。
 
Most of the scientific establishment predict that the North Pole will be free of ice around the middle of this century. As Peter Wadhams, the world's leading expert on sea ice, demonstrates in this book, even this bleak assessment of the future is grossly optimistic. Wadhams has visited the Polar Regions more often than any other living scientist - 50 times since he was on the first ship to circumnavigate the Americas in 1970 - and has a uniquely authoritative perspective on the changes they have undergone and where those changes will lead. From his observations and the latest scientific research, he describes how dramatically sea ice has diminished over the past three decades, to the point at which, by the time this book is published, the Arctic may be free of ice for the first time in 10,000 years. Wadhams shows how sea ice is the 'canary in the mine' of planetary climate change. He describes how it forms and the vital role it plays in reflecting solar heat back into space and providing an 'air conditioning' system for the planet.He shows how a series of rapid feedbacks in the Arctic region are accelerating change there more rapidly than almost all scientists - and political authorities - have previously realised, and the dangers of further acceleration are very real. A Farewell to Ice is a report from the frontline of planetary change in the Arctic and Antarctic by a leading authority, presenting incontrovertible scientific data, but always in clear language which the layman can easily understand. It is one of the most important books published in recent years about the existential challenge which human civilization now faces.
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