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Remarkable book on Arctic climate change
29 June 2012
Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO)
Climate change in the Arctic is extremely serious according to a new book that summarises the latest and most important research on climate change in the polar regions.
”The State of the Poles”, available from Amazon in June, is an easy and engaging read which presents the science of polar climate change to a broad audience. The book describes several geophysical processes that are changing faster than people, animals and plants are able to adapt to naturally.
«Some of these changes could have serious impacts on people in other parts of the world», said the two authors Christian Bjørnæs and Pål Prestrud at CICERO Center for International Climate and Environmental Research.
«We don’t even need instruments to document some of the changes taking place. They are visible and they are tangible», said author and biologist Pål Prestrud who has spent much of his time in the polar regions over the last 35 years.
«Although what is happening is serious, we wanted to educate our readers, not to scare them», said Bjørnæs, Senior Advisor at CICERO.
High-ranking climate scientists praise the book:
”The State of the Poles” is a remarkable book that documents the key research findings from the International Polar Year 2007‒2008 and presents the science therein in language for a broad audience. A delight to read.
Robert Corell, Chair, Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
The illustrations and images supporting the text are magnificent. This is a relevant and highly recommended book that should be read by anyone who wishes to understand the current state and future of the polar regions.
Lawson W. Brigham, Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks
…the authors have extracted a quick, skillful and valuable polar science snapshot.
Dave Carlson, Director of the IPY International Programme Office
While embracing their unique characteristics, ”The State of the Poles” makes it crystal clear why what is happening at or near the poles matters to everyone. Taking the time to read this book is a wise investment that will return a much improved understanding of why the polar regions are the front lines of climate change.
Dr. Robert Bindschadler, Emeritus Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
This easily read book is a valuable oversight of the current ”state of play“, not only for the general audience but also for scientists entering the field of polar science.
Ian R. Church, Chair, Canadian IPY National Committee