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Arctic Thaw: Climate Change and the Global Race for Energy Resources

By: Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

As climate change quickly transforms this “icebound frontier into a land of opportunity,” the Arctic has become “the scene of an ever-growing power struggle.” Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Sources for further information. Index. Full-color photographs and maps.

ISBN: 9781467720434

JLG Release: Nov 2014


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Global warming , Arctic regions , International relations , Economic development , Natural resources , Climate change

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

An important case study and source of current information for serious students of climate change. Drawing almost exclusively from recent documents and news reports, McPherson surveys the ambitious, conflicting, and increasingly hostile claims that the major countries circling the Arctic have made on the polar region’s major oil and gas resour An important case study and source of current information for serious students of climate change. Drawing almost exclusively from recent documents and news reports, McPherson surveys the ambitious, conflicting, and increasingly hostile claims that the major countries circling the Arctic have made on the polar region’s major oil and gas resources. Along with showing how melting ice has already opened both the Northwest (over Canada) and the Northeast (over Russia) Passages to shipping, she frankly explores the ecological and economic challenges faced by indigenous peoples and by Greenland, which is inching its way toward independence over vast and increasingly accessible reserves of oil, rare earths, and other potentially lucrative natural resources. The author closes with a consideration of sources of renewable energy, including Russia’s potentially alarming plan to build multiple floating nuclear reactors in Arctic waters, and generous lists of relevant print and web documents. Revealing maps and small but often telling color photos underscore the idea that serious climate change isn’t just coming to this region; it has already arrived.—John Peters, Children’s Literature Consultant, New York City

Junior Library Guild

  • Stephanie Sammartino McPherson offers a comprehensive look at the many environmental, economic, and cultural debates that have emerged as a result of recent warming in the Arctic.
  • Coverage of both negative and positive effects of Artic thaw provides an unbiased introduction to controversial issues. For example, new, shorter ship
    • Stephanie Sammartino McPherson offers a comprehensive look at the many environmental, economic, and cultural debates that have emerged as a result of recent warming in the Arctic.
    • Coverage of both negative and positive effects of Artic thaw provides an unbiased introduction to controversial issues. For example, new, shorter ship routes through areas that were once ice sheets could reduce fossil fuel consumption, but incoming vessels may also introduce invasive species to Arctic waters.
    • Information is presented in a variety of appealing ways, including anecdotes from Arctic expeditions and interesting quotes from reputable sources. For instance, Walt Meier, a NASA expert on glaciers, says, “In the 1980s, the Arctic sea ice at the end of the summer was about the size of the lower forty-eight states.” Now, the area of ice has shrunk by the equivalent of “everything east of the Mississippi [River] and even a bit west of the Mississippi.”
    • Cohesive design and key visuals—such as satellite images of Arctic ice coverage and a photograph of an Alaskan Inupiat home toppled due to an eroding shoreline—make this an eye-catching volume.

Book Details

ISBN

9781467720434

First Release

November 2014

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

333.790911/3

Trim Size

7" x 10"

Page Count

64

Accelerated Reader

Level 8; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 1200L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

Twenty-First Century

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Global warming, Arctic regions, International relations, Economic development, Natural resources, Climate change,

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