From the book jacket: Traditionally
thought of as the last great unspoiled
territory on Earth, the Arctic is in reality
home to some of the most contaminated people
and animals on the planet. Tons of dangerous
chemicals and pesticides from the United
States, Europe, and Asia are being carried
to the Arctic by northbound winds and waves
and amplified in the ocean's food web.
Silent Snow is not only a scientific journey, but a personal one. Whether hunting giant bowhead whales with native Alaskans who are struggling to protect their livelihood, or tracking endangered polar bears in Norway, Cone reports with an insider's eye on the dangers of pollution to native peoples and ecosystems, how Arctic cultures are adapting to this pollution, and what solutions will prevent the crisis from getting worse.
Comment: To get an insight into the cause of this problem and why it effects the colder climates of the Arctic more so than the rest of the world and, most importantly, why it matters, spend five minutes reading the excerpt at BookBrowse. It will be time well spent! If you haven't already done so, I also encourage you to browse The Weather Makers.
'Starred Review. Cone's superb and affecting delineation of the Arctic's chemical crisis and its consequences for us all is galvanizing and necessary.' - Booklist.
'Gloomy, stern and wholly memorable - certainly for environmentalists, wherever they may be, but, let's hope, reaching policymakers as well.' - Kirkus Reviews.
This review was originally published in May 2005, and has been updated for the April 2006 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.
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