From Netgalley for a review. As snow falls, it compacts into ice, increasing glacial mass. Without them, many of the planets rivers would run dry shortly after the winter snow-melt. He was somewhat involved in the process of the passing of the first glacier protection law in the world. As water becomes ever scarcer and more expensive the ice locked in glaciers is shrinking and needs protection. The book provides the basic environmental science behind glaciers, outlines current and future risks to their preservation, and reveals the intriguing politics behind the debate over glacier policies and laws. While it is created for adults there is plenty which can be read by young adults, who will easily learn from this material.
Comprising three quarters of the world's freshwater, they freeze in the winter and melt in the summer, supplying a steady flow of water for agriculture, livestock, industry and human c Though not traditionally thought of as strategic natural resources, glaciers are a crucial part of our global ecosystem playing a fundamental role in the sustaining of life around the world. I learned what a glaciologist told the Secretary for Environment in Argentina - that there are 'rock glaciers' which are rivers of ice under and among soil and rock. He cites cases in which people have been able to preserve ice with sawdust and large white tarps. Without them, many of the planet's rivers would run dry shortly after the winter snow-melt. Taillant's style of writing makes this a pleasure to read.
I was amazed at how long some of this stuff has been in process. There's so much I want to sort through in here. For the most part it's quite interesting reading, though I found some of the details of Argentine politics a bit boring. Though not traditionally thought of as key natural resource, glaciers are a crucial part of both our global ecosystem and the sustaining of life around the world. The great floods across parts of southern England may have abated, but questions over their linkage to climate change are among the most powerful. I had never really given glaciers a second thought.
This story was intriguing, with the surprising ins outs ups downs of Argentinian politics, and the relationships between governments, mining companies, and environmental agencies. Right now in Argentina, it is mining that is the greatest threat to glaciers, rather than global warming, although warming is not far from anyone's mind when they talk about glaciers. While some of the information in the book is technical, I enjoy the graphics showing how snow looks when it falls and as it compresses to ice. The chapters alternate as the author summarises the lengthy political decision-making process and bureaucracy required to enact the first glacier protecting laws in the world. Description Though not traditionally thought of as key natural resource, glaciers are a crucial part of both our global ecosystem and the sustaining of life around the world.
In warmer months, the ice slowly melts, releasing freshwater that people living downstream of the glaciers depend on. In broad terms, the results show that ice-declines at have not coincided with decreases in the rate of accumulation due to precipitation snow , the implication that temperature changes have been more influential. Air and dust from centuries ago can remain trapped in glacier ice, so scientists can learn about the past. The E-mail message field is required. He makes a good point: it is easy to brush off their calls for help, because glaciers seem so far removed from us especially here in southern California where the coldest we get is 65 in an average year. Glaciers: The Politics of Ice is a scientific, cultural, and political examination of the cryospherethe earths iceand the environmental policies that aim to protect it. But despite their critical role in environmental sustainability, glaciers often exist well outside our environmental consciousness, and they are mostly unprotected from atmospheric impacts of global warming or from soot deriving from transportation emissions, or from certain types of industrial activity such as mining, which has been shown to have devastating consequences for glacier survival.
The white of glacier surfaces reflect sunrays which otherwise warm our planet. The book is by Jorge Taillant, who is a glacier activist in Argentina. In that case, it is not possible to use the same techniques as in the Peruvian study, and arguments continue over whether changes in precipitation are the cause. The author, Jorge Daniel Taillant, has particularly worked with those studying and protecting the glaciers of the Andes, the world's second highest mountain range. Jorge Daniel Taillant emphasises that glaciers in remote places are less relevant for drinking water than glaciers near populated areas. That may prove more momentous than he realises.
Glaciers are one of the world's most important natural resources, and yet they are largely unprotected by environmental policy. As water becomes ever scarcer and more expensive the ice locked in glaciers is shrinking and needs protection. This book is very clear and down to earth with its science and history, I get the feeling it was written with adults and older children in mind, and it works for both. I thought I was going to have to slog through this, continuously forcing my brain to focus on the words and ideas. Moreover, the rate of loss there is staggering - what has taken 1,600 years to accumulate appears to have been in just twenty-five years. Sadly, though, few nations have followed Argentina's lead.
Jorge Daniel Taillant discusses the debates and negotiations behind the passage of the world's first glacier-protection law in the mid-2000s, and reveals the tension that quickly arose between industry, politicians, and environmentalists when an international mining company proposed dynamiting three glaciers to get at gold deposits underneath. Glaciers are cool, ok terrible puns aside, they are a fascinating and vulnerable thing with a vital impact on our ecosystem on both a micro and macro scale. True, the study is not absolutely conclusive, as it applies to just one example of tropical ice. The white of glacier surfaces reflect sunrays which otherwise warm our planet. Glaciers: The Politics of Ice is a scientific, cultural, and political examination of the cryosphere -- the earth's ice -- and the environmental policies that are slowly emerging to protect it.
They use a range of techniques to track changes in the volume of the ice-sheet over a 500-year period, and compare it with measurements of ice-accumulation obtained by deep boring by Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University. What do you think about this review? The book is a quest to educate general society about the basic science behind glaciers, outlines current and future risks to their preservation, and reveals the intriguing politics behind glacier melting debates over policies and laws to protect the resource. I confess I was previously in the camp who thought that there was nothing we could do, other than work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Glaciers is a new window into one of the earth's most crucial and yet most ignored natural resources, and a call to reawaken our interest in the world's changing climate. He was somewhat involved in the process of the passing of the first glacier protection law in the world. Taillant, however, demonstrates that they are vitally important to all creatures who require fresh water to survive. The photos alone provide excellent explanations.
The odd numbered chapters of the book tell a sequential narrative of the debates and negotiations behind the law— a saga in which Taillant had plenty of first hand experience. Other causes of glacial vulnerability are atmospheric contamination and industrial impacts such as drilling and removing parts of glaciers, and even building roads through them. Jorge Daniel Taillant discusses the debates and negotiations behind the passing of the worlds first glacier-protection law in the mid-2000s, and reveals the tension between the industry experts, politicians, and glacier conservationists. Without them, many of the planets rivers would run dry shortly after the winter snow-melt. Towards the end it slowed down, but overall I was really engaged with it. Taillant also makes suggestions on what can be done to preserve these crucial sources of fresh water, from both a scientific and policymaking standpoint. So is there any lighter side to the story? Taillant also makes suggestions on what can be done to preserve these crucial sources of fresh water, from both a scientific and policymaking standpoint.