Extremes: Ice and Otherwise

Silver Lake. Carson Pass. California.

Silver Lake. Carson Pass. California.

If you missed Extreme Ice on NOVA, it’s worth checking out on their website.  This is an interesting use of still photography to tell a larger story, in this instance glacial retreat and global warming.

In stark contrast to this message, is the denying of the validity of global warming, as discussed here in the New York Times.  One has to wonder about their motives.  As a conservative Republican friend of mine says, “Even if you don’t believe in global warming, environmental concerns are going to create a lot of jobs and will be central to the country’s competitiveness.

For a fascinating read on the Arctic, pick up Barry Lopez’s “Artic Dreams.”  In this National Book award winner, Lopez covers the varied dimensions of the Arctic, including geography, wildlife, and  human occupation and exploration.  You’ll never look at ice the same after reading this book.  A review in the Guardian captures the book’s spirit. For more on Barry Lopez, visit http://www.barrylopez.com/ .

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