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"Future Arctic: Field Notes from a World on the Edge"

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"Future Arctic: Field Notes from a World on the Edge"

By Edward Struzik
Island Press, $22.65

Reviewed by TOM HENRY

The Arctic has a stark beauty. I fell in love with its treeless tundra in 2008, when my newspaper sent me to Greenland for 10 days to research what ultimately became a four-day, nine-story series. I found people there to be sweet and hardy, living on a landscape that is biologically complex and amazing.

"Antarctica’s Ice Is Being Carved Up From Below"

"Two years ago, a pair of scientific studies documented that the glaciers of West Antarctica, which hold back over 3 meters (nearly 10 feet) of potential sea level rise, are melting and retreating from below. The cause? It appears that these glaciers, which are perched on the seafloor deep below the ocean surface, are being lapped at by flows of warm ocean currents."

Source: Wash Post, 03/16/2016

"Polar Bear Critical Habitat in Alaska Restored by Appeals Court"

"A 187,000 square-mile swath of land and sea in Alaska was restored by a federal appeals court as a “critical habitat” for polar bears, a boon for the endangered species and yet another blow to Alaska’s tumbling petroleum industry."

Source: Bloomberg, 03/02/2016
June 1, 2016

DEADLINE: Antarctic Artists and Writers Program

This National Science Foundation program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. Apply by June 1, 2016.

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