The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

by Dahr Jamail

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Overview

Finalist for the 2020 PEN / E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

Acclaimed on its hardcover publication, a global journey that reminds us “of how magical the planet we’re about to lose really is” (Bill McKibben)

With a new epilogue by the author

After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisis—from Alaska to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforest—in order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.

In The End of Ice, we follow Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island where he meets the last subsistence seal hunters of the Bering Sea and witnesses its melting glaciers. Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Ironically, this allows him to renew his passion for the planet’s wild places, cherishing Earth in a way he has never been able to before.

Like no other book, The End of Ice offers a firsthand chronicle—including photographs throughout of Jamail on his journey across the world—of the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620975978
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 215,849
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dahr Jamail , a Truthout staff reporter, is the author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq as well as The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption. He has won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism and the Izzy Award. He lives in Washington State.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Denali 11

2 Time Becomes Unfrozen 27

3 The Canary in the Coal Mine 53

4 Farewell Coral 75

5 The Coming Atlantis 101

6 The Fate of the Forests 133

7 The Fuses Are Lit 157

8 The End at the Top of the World 181

Conclusion: Presence 209

Epilogue 227

Acknowledgments 241

Notes 245

Index 265

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