Most of the scientific establishment predicts that the North Pole will be free of ice around the middle of this century. The world’s leading expert on sea ice Peter Wadhams demonstrates in this book that even this assessment of the future is optimistic.
Wadhams has visited the Polar Regions more often than any other living scientist around 50 times since he was on the first ship to circumnavigate the Americas in 1970.
According to the research and observations, he describes how dramatically sea ice has diminished over the past three decades, to the point at which, by the time this book is published, the Arctic may be free of ice for the first time in 10,000 years.
Wadhams describes how ice forms and the vital role it plays in reflecting solar heat back into space and providing an ‘air conditioning’ system for the planet. He shows how a series of rapid feedbacks in the Arctic region are accelerating change there more rapidly than almost all scientists and political authorities and the dangers of further acceleration are very real.
‘A Farewell to Ice’ is a report from the frontline of planetary change in the Arctic and Antarctic by a leading authority.