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The Consequences of Climate Change, from the Amazon to the Arctic, from Darfur to Napa Valley

by Stephan Faris

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    Dec 2008, 256 pages
    Sep 2009, 256 pages

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Hammerfest & The Snow White Project
Global warming usually suggests images of wild tempests and massive floods, but some countries are trying to tap into what they see as potential benefits of climate change. One of the numerous fascinating places that Stephan Faris visited to collect material for Forecast is Hammerfest in northern Norway.  Billing itself as the northernmost city in the world, this small Arctic city has witnessed a recent explosion of growth and tourism thanks to melting ice and the resulting increase of maritime accessibility.

Although the sun vanishes each December and January, about 200,000 tourists flock to Hammerfest annually, including the passengers from about 40 visiting cruise ships who visit during the summer months.

It isn't just tourists who are starting to visit the port of Hammerfest ...

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