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Glaciers: The Politics of Ice

Jorge Daniel Taillant August 15, 2018

Though not traditionally thought of as strategic natural resources, glaciers are a crucial part of our global ecosystem playing a fundamental role in the sustaining of life around the world Comprising three quarters of the world s freshwater, they freeze in the winter and melt in the summer, supplying a steady flow of water for agriculture, livestock, industry and human cThough not traditionally thought of as strategic natural resources, glaciers are a crucial part of our global ecosystem playing a fundamental role in the sustaining of life around the world Comprising three quarters of the world s freshwater, they freeze in the winter and melt in the summer, supplying a steady flow of water for agriculture, livestock, industry and human consumption The white of glacier surfaces reflect sunrays which otherwise warm our planet Without them, many of the planet s rivers would run dry shortly after the winter snow melt A single mid sized glacier in high mountain environments of places like California, Argentina, India, Kyrgyzstan, or Chile can provide an entire community with a sustained flow of drinking water for generations On the other hand, when global temperatures rise, not only does glacier ice wither away into the oceans and cease to act as water reservoirs, but these massive ice bodies can become highly unstable and collapse into downstream environments, resulting in severe natural events like glacier tsunamis and other deadly environmental catastrophes But despite their critical role in environmental sustainability, glaciers often exist well outside our environmental consciousness, and they are mostly unprotected from atmospheric impacts of global warming or from soot deriving from transportation emissions, or from certain types of industrial activity such as mining, which has been shown to have devastating consequences for glacier survival Glaciers The Politics of Ice is a scientific, cultural, and political examination of the cryosphere the earth s ice and the environmental policies that are slowly emerging to protect it Jorge Daniel Taillant discusses the debates and negotiations behind the passage of the world s first glacier protection law in the mid 2000s, and reveals the tension that quickly arose between industry, politicians, and environmentalists when an international mining company proposed dynamiting three glaciers to get at gold deposits underneath The book is a quest to educate general society about the basic science behind glaciers, outlines current and future risks to their preservation, and reveals the intriguing politics behind glacier melting debates over policies and laws to protect the resource Taillant also makes suggestions on what can be done to preserve these crucial sources of fresh water, from both a scientific and policymaking standpoint Glaciers is a new window into one of the earth s most crucial and yet most ignored natural resources, and a call to reawaken our interest in the world s changing climate.


  • Title: Glaciers: The Politics of Ice
  • Author: Jorge Daniel Taillant
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  • Page: 395
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  • Glaciers The Politics of Ice Jorge Daniel Taillant Glaciers The Politics of Ice Jorge Daniel Taillant on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Though not traditionally thought of as strategic natural resources, glaciers are a crucial part of our global ecosystem playing a fundamental role in the sustaining of life around the world Comprising three quarters of the world s freshwater Glacier Glaciers are categorized by their morphology, thermal characteristics, and behavior Cirque glaciers form on the crests and slopes of mountains.A glacier that fills a valley is called a valley glacier, or alternatively an alpine glacier or mountain glacier A large body of glacial ice astride a mountain, mountain range, or volcano is termed an ice cap or ice field. List of glaciers in Iceland The glaciers and ice caps of Iceland cover .% of the land area of the country about , km out of the total area of , km and have a considerable impact on its landscape and meteorology An ice cap is a mass of glacial ice that covers less than , km of land area covering a highland area and they feed outlet glaciers.Glaciers are also contributing to the Icelandic Glaciers in Canada s High Arctic Could Vanish Jul , All of nearly , glaciers on an island in Canada s High Arctic have shrunk since the turn of the century, with three quarters of them seeing a significant loss, according to a new study warning The Bottom of The Ocean Has Started Sinking Under The The Bottom of The Ocean Has Started Sinking Under The Weight of Melting Glaciers Montana s Melting Glaciers On Pace To All But Disappear May , Glaciers, synonymous with slowness, are retreating at a rapid pace particularly in the Treasure State Since , glaciers have shrunk dramatically, some by as much as percent Arctic Ice The Unprecedented Retreat Shown in Photos ARCTIC ICE IN RETREAT text BY justin worland pHOTOgraphS By MARIO TAMA The effects of climate change can be felt growing slowly but subtly in most parts of the world as temperatures inch up Conservative News No Media Bias Intelligent US Politics America Needs Intelligent US Politics Neither the will of the people nor the rule of law matters in Washington We have a lawless president who is a chronic liar and a national embarrassment. These are the melting glaciers that might someday drown Thanks to NASA and the laws of physics coastal cities can now know which specific glaciers pose the most dangers to them if they melt. In Peru s Deserts, Melting Glaciers Are a Godsend Until Nov , In Peru s Deserts, Melting Glaciers Are a Godsend Until They re Gone Accelerating glacial melt in the Andes caused by climate change has set

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