, Volume 30, Issue 4, p 361
Date: 07 Sep 2010

Henry N. Pollack: A world without ice

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A World Without Ice is an outstanding book. It is a discussion of ice, especially polar ice, and global warming. The author is Dr. Henry Pollack, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan. He has had a long and illustrious career studying global change, including advising the National Science Foundation, and membership on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Pollack and his colleagues on this panel won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work on global warming.

Dr. Pollack explains the role of ice in the world’s climate, then goes on to discuss the effects of the warming climate on the polar and high altitude ice storehouses. He discusses the impacts on the environment and global climate as the rate of melting accelerates or as less snow accumulates. Most people focus on the resulting sea rise and endangerment of coastal communities. But perhaps even more catastrophic would be the loss of water supply to areas that count on th ...