The Big Thaw: Travels in the Melting North by Ed Struzik
By Ed Struzik
"Traveling in time and house around the Arctic, within the vast Thaw Ed Struzik describes in the beginning hand the main alarming environmental challenge of our times,. it is a land that Struzik is keen about, and he writes of its frozen attractiveness with an beauty of prose no longer obvious due to the fact that Barry Lopez' Arctic Dreams." - Tim Flannery, writer of the elements Makers
"The most sensible of the area is profoundly various than ever sooner than in human historical past. weather swap is already influencing the lives of the locals, from Inuit to polar bears. yet it is poised to make lifestyles not easy for the remainder of us, too. Ed Struzik provides a canny and compelling journey of a global in risky and swift flux." - Bill McKibben, author of Deep economic climate
"An impossible to resist mixture of lyrical writing, adventurous feet-on-the-ground trip, sturdy reporting and acute remark of the dire issues which are occurring within the Arctic. we should always lock each baby-kisser and company govt right into a room and preserve them there until eventually they've got learn and understood the message Struzik is brining us. it really is that important." - Marq De Villiers, writer of the tip: average failures, artifical Castastrophes, and the way forward for Human Survival
"All-embracing, luminous and provocative, the large Thaw is an interesting chronicle of an unlimited, threatened Canadian Arctic. Struzik expertly melds earlier and current right into a thought-provoking tale approximately what the present international warming skill to Canada and the area. He combines the human and clinical narratives right into a great synthesis amplified via his received large travels in the course of the North. everybody drawn to the results of a warming planet may still learn this outstanding book." - Brian Fagan, archeologist, historian and writer of the nice Warming and The Little Ice Age
"Ed Struzik, a kind of infrequent newshounds who can paddle a canoe and revel in a meal of whale blubber, has written an immense and surprising booklet that reads like a few new style of event and horror tale. because the Arctic melts and unravels quicker than the worldwide banking approach, the massive Thaw increases a few stark questions: simply what is going to Canada be with out ice and snow? and what's a state with no its dreams?" - Andrew Nikiforuk, writer of Tar Sands: soiled Oil and the way forward for the Continent
"An very important e-book. pressing, well timed, heartfelt." - Will Ferguson, writer of attractiveness information Moose Jaw: Travels looking for Canada
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If that turns out to be the case—as more and more scientiﬁc data suggests—then those in the very small minority who insist that climate change is no threat to polar bears are plainly wrong. It also suggests that there needs to be a fundamental rethinking about how 30 CHAPTER ONE polar bears are hunted and managed and how much greenhouse gas we’re pumping into the atmosphere. “We’ve documented a 22 percent decline in the western Hudson Bay population between 1987 and 2004,” noted Stirling. “The animals that we see there now are younger and thinner than the typical bear you’d see twenty or thirty years ago.
After just two years, the Inuvialuit Game Council of Canada and Alaska’s North Slope Borough met in Inuvik in 1988 to ﬁnalize a gentlemen’s agreement to manage the population jointly. Unfortunately, the deal, the ﬁrst of its kind, did not get oﬀ to a great start. Too young to be on their own, they were placed in a zoo. Worse yet, the lost animals did not count against the quota of bears the community was allowed to harvest. Nothing legal could be done to punish the hunter, but the Wildlife Management Department of the North Slope Borough and its partners on the Canadian side of the border made it clear that actions like this would not be tolerated in the future.
The high drama that seemed like an hour to me took all of two minutes. Stirling was patting down the animal, feeling for fat on its spine and hipbones, when I arrived on the scene. “He’s a solid two out of ﬁve,” he said, looking the animal over. “The only fat reserve he has is on his butt. It’s another sign that these ani mals are having a hard time ﬁnding seals. Normally at this time of year, we’d expect to see three. Question is, are there fewer seals or are they just NANUQ: IN THE TRACKS OF THE GREAT WANDERER 35 harder to get at in these diﬃcult ice conditions.