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The End of Ice

Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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The author who Jeremy Scahill calls the “quintessential unembedded reporter” visits “hot spots” around the world in a global quest to discover how we will cope with our planet’s changing ecosystems

After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisis - from Alaska to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforest - in order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.

In The End of Ice, we follow Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island where he meets the last subsistence seal hunters of the Bering Sea and witnesses its melting glaciers. Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Ironically, this allows him to renew his passion for the planet’s wild places, cherishing Earth in a way he has never been able to before.

Like no other book, The End of Ice offers a firsthand chronicle of the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.

©2019 Dahr Jamail (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc. Published by arrangement with The New Press (www.thenewpress.com).

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  • red_dog
  • Denver, Colorado USA
  • 02-03-19

Dealing with the Ultimate Climate Change Question

Several years ago Dahr began issuing a monthly newsletter highlighting recent reports and research that showed the effects of climate change. The reports continually became more dire. Now, in this book, Dahr takes us to some of the places most disrupted by this change. And, as always, his reports ring of reality and truth as he describes the surroundings and interviews the scientists who are recording and researching the changes. This makes this book an important contribution to climate change literature.

But, the book goes beyond just reporting what is happening. Two recent reports – one by the UN, one by the Trump Administration – conclude that we have 12 years, possibly fewer, to get greenhouse emissions under control. If we don’t the future looks very bleak. After examining the recent research and the current political situation Dahr realistically decides that our chances of preserving a livable climate is almost nil. So how do we deal with the probability that our we, our children and grandchildren will live in a world far less hospitable to our species? Dahr considers the situation and offers an answer. This is what makes this book so important.

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End of Ice - The beginning of the end of Life.

The author and orator of the End of Ice brings together all of the elements of a changing biosphere in a most unique way. He conveys to the listeners a life time of personal witness of the evidence of the changing climatic conditions that will impact the balance of all life on this planet. He also provides a unique way that allows the reader to cope with the knowledge of what is to come. End of Ice confirms my suspicions and observations. Thank you.

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Ok introduction to abrupt climate change

This book was rich in antidotes but poor in detailed scientific information and analysis. It's an ok introduction to the topic of abrupt climate change, but didn't tell me anything I didn't already know about the big picture.

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An Easy, But Ultimately Sad Tale of Climate Change

The End of Ice is an easy, informative listen or read about climate change that focuses on impacts already manifest, already recorded and measured, the stories of persons now living and the stories about lives already claimed. The author meets with experts and sometimes local residents around the globe to witness and learn about what effects climate change has already etched into the landscape and seascape and to learn and share with us vivid projections of what is to come if, as appears likely, we continue on the same course. Excellent listen or read.

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Excellent

Outstanding description of climate collapse. Real, truthful, heartfelt.

I would add that the economic model that caused this horrific circumstance was and is not the doing of the common people but a sociopathic white wealthy American class driven on greed and deception to maintain their greed. Their model was the only model available for the majority. Yet this unconscionable colluding elite class knew early in the 20th century that their petroleum economic model would destroy our climate and world.

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Not worth it

A waste of time for anyone who already knows about the effects of climate change.

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  • Chulanga
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 09-22-19

Fantastic

May be the best audio performance. Loved the story too. it's kind of a farewell to our beloved earth at its dire situation.

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a must read or listen to

being able to experience what is going on through this book was amazing and grounding. the first hand account so plainly stated is what the world needs. may get this for my students. for now I'm going to go hug my sequoias and spend more time in my mountains.

would love to see an updated version or sequel after 2019.

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A Beautiful, Compelling Rendition of Our Shared Tragedy

“They were arguing about the color of the curtains while the house was burning all around them”, will be history’s verdict on our era.

A beautiful journey to the distant places where earth more fully and faithfully expresses herself, this telling poignantly recognizes that the reality of her condition- like that of a dying loved one - calls less for hope that the inevitable won’t come, but for appreciating, witnessing and grieving that it can now no longer, truth be told, be avoided.

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great great listen

I loved the way this information was presented and the thoughts it left me with.