The oceans stopped working before Willo was born, so the world of ice and snow is all he's ever known. He lives with his family deep in the wilderness, far from the government's controlling grasp. Willo's survival skills are put to the test when he arrives home one day to find his family gone. It could be the government; it could be scavengers - all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city he's always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows.
After the Snow offers readers both a warning - a stark meditation on what might happen in the future - and an opportunity to reflect on how we live, and who we are in the world, now. (Reviewed by Norah Piehl).
Today's climate discussions are often so focused on global warming that it can be easy to forget that dramatic changes in climate, including extensive periods of global cooling, have been a hallmark of earth's history for billions of years. In fact, we're in an ice age right now. Currently, earth is in what's called an interglacial period (an interval of warmer temperatures that occurs between glacial periods within an ice age) of the Pliocene-Quaternary glaciation, which began approximately 2.6 million years ago, and cycles between glacial and interglacial periods roughly every 100,000 - 200,000 years.
Seventeenth century astronomer Johannes Kepler was the first to credit the earth's irregular orbit for these cyclical periods of glaciation. Today, contemporary scientists recognize that other factors, including solar output, continental positioning, and ocean circulation, may also contribute to this cyclical cooling.
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