Future Arctic Field Notes from a World on the Edge by Edward Struzik

By Edward Struzik

In a single hundred years, or maybe fifty, the Arctic will glance dramatically assorted than it does this day. As polar ice retreats and animals and crops migrate northward, the arctic panorama is morphing into anything new and extremely varied from what it as soon as used to be. whereas those alterations could appear distant, they are going to have a profound influence on a bunch of world concerns, from foreign politics to animal migrations. In destiny Arctic, journalist and explorer Edward Struzik deals a clear-eyed examine the quickly moving dynamics within the Arctic area, a harbinger of adjustments that would reverberate all through our whole world.
Future Arctic unearths the interior tale of the way politics and weather switch are changing the polar global in a manner that may have profound results on economics, tradition, and the surroundings as we all know it. Struzik takes readers up mountains and cliffs, and alongside for the journey on snowmobiles and helicopters, sailboats and icebreakers. His shuttle partners, from flora and fauna scientists to army strategists to indigenous peoples, percentage different insights into the technology, tradition and geopolitical tensions of this appealing position. With their support, Struzik starts off piecing jointly an environmental puzzle: How could the land’s so much iconic species—caribou, polar bears, narwhal—survive? the place will migrating birds flock to? How will ocean currents shift? And what basic alterations will oil and gasoline exploration have on economies and ecosystems? How will substantial unclaimed areas of the Arctic be divided?
A designated mixture of in depth on-the-ground learn, compelling storytelling, and coverage research, destiny Arctic deals a brand new examine the adjustments happening during this distant, mysterious sector and their far-reaching results.

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Some energy industry economists are already suggesting that the oil sands could face water shortages by then. We know that low water levels can be hard on or even lethal to spawning fish and the eggs they produce. A low water level not only starves them of oxygen, it concentrates pollutants that are naturally occurring or introduced to the river system. Low oxygen levels on the Athabasca are now a fact of life in winter, as are high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which occur naturally in the Athabasca River and its tributaries.

By most accounts, the Authority’s groundwater permit program serves as an effective tool in managing use of the region’s primary water resource by limiting withdrawals from the Edwards Aquifer to 572,000 acre-feet per year, as required by the Edwards Aquifer Authority Act. At one time, critics claimed that this approach would stymie economic growth, but that has proved not to be true. Even though the city of San Antonio has not increased water usage since 1996, its population has grown by more than 60 percent.

When the warming ended and the ice sheets returned, some of these animals found refuge in places such as the Old Crow Flats of the Yukon that were too dry and cold to grow ice. In time, though, most of the animals were unable to withstand the rapid-fire cycles of cooling and warming that followed. Among the thirteen species of mammals that Harington unearthed at Gold Run Creek in the westcentral part of the Yukon Territory in the 1970s, seven of them—the giant short-faced bear, American Beringian lion,2 American mastodon, woolly mammoth, horse, helmeted musk ox, steppe bison—are extinct.

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