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Future Arctic: Field Notes from a World on the Edge by Edward Struzik

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By Edward Struzik

In 100 years, or maybe fifty, the Arctic will glance dramatically assorted than it does at the present time. As polar ice retreats and animals and vegetation migrate northward, the arctic panorama is morphing into whatever new and intensely diversified from what it as soon as used to be. whereas those adjustments could seem distant, they are going to have a profound impression on a bunch of worldwide matters, from foreign politics to animal migrations. In Future Arctic, journalist and explorer Edward Struzik deals a clear-eyed examine the quickly moving dynamics within the Arctic zone, a harbinger of alterations that would reverberate all through our whole world.
Future Arctic unearths the interior tale of the way politics and weather swap are changing the polar international in a fashion that would have profound results on economics, tradition, and the surroundings as we all know it. Struzik takes readers up mountains and cliffs, and alongside for the experience on snowmobiles and helicopters, sailboats and icebreakers. His go back and forth partners, from flora and fauna scientists to army strategists to indigenous peoples, proportion different insights into the technological know-how, tradition and geopolitical tensions of this appealing position. With their support, Struzik starts piecing jointly an environmental puzzle: How may perhaps the land’s such a lot iconic species—caribou, polar bears, narwhal—survive? the place will migrating birds flock to? How will ocean currents shift? And what primary adjustments will oil and gasoline exploration have on economies and ecosystems? How will enormous unclaimed areas of the Arctic be divided?
a different blend of intensive on-the-ground study, compelling storytelling, and coverage research, Future Arctic deals a brand new examine the alterations happening during this distant, mysterious area and their far-reaching effects.

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It was several hours before the local Mounties finally got their man. The good life, however, began to unravel in the late 1960s when water levels at the north end of the delta began dropping dramatically. Frank and his fellow trappers had seen water levels rise and fall before, but they had never seen anything quite as dramatic as this time. In some places on the Peace River side of the delta, it got so bad that some men were using their dog teams to pull their skiffs across Mamawi Lake. Andrew Campbell, an Orkney man who had married a Cree woman, watched in disbelief as water near his cabin at Egg Lake, one of the larger water bodies in the delta, dried up completely.

For the Chipeywan, Cree, and Métis people who have lived in and around the delta for hundreds of years, the art of navigating through this landscape that was half land and half water was a lifelong lesson in recognizing these dangerous ebbs and flows. The rewards, however, were worth it. Summers in the delta and on Lake Athabasca served up enough lake whitefish, lake trout, burbot, goldeye, walleye, pike, and various other fish to supply not only domestic needs, but also a commercial fishery. Autumn came with geese and ducks passing through to nest or stage for several days before continuing with the migration to the Mackenzie delta and other Arctic nesting grounds.

What the future holds for the delta could be worse. Because the climate is warming, the mountains and boreal uplands downstream are not producing meltwater and groundwater the way they used to. An increasing percentage of the water that is produced is evaporating as a Oil and Ice 31 result of rising temperatures and the destruction of wetlands. Between 1970 and 2003, May to August streamflow along the Athabasca near Fort McMurray—the hub of oil sands extraction—declined by a little more than a third.

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