Henry Pollack, PhD, and his colleagues on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Core. Pollack has been a professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan for more than forty years and now serves as a science adviser to Al Gore's Climate Project training programs. Also the author of Uncertain Science...Uncertain World, he lives in Ann Arbor.
In a world where everything frozen is now melting, we should barely
need a book to get our attention. But clearly we do, and this is
the book-a thorough reminder of what it means to live in a planet
with poles and glaciers, and what it will be like without them.
-Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and author of the national bestseller Deep Economy
Skiers rejoice when snow falls and Inuit hunters welcome sea
ice, while commuters find winter storms an inconvenience. Henry
Pollack has a much broader view. Speaking eloquently, forcefully,
yet lyrically, he explains how snow and ice are the clockworks of
our planet. A World Without Ice is a fascinating, scary, but
informative portrait of Earth's delicate climate balance and the
thresholds we are staring across.
-Jon Turk, author of The Raven's Gift The work of Dr. Pollack and the IPCC in bringing attention to the very serious dangers posed by climate change has been justly praised. This book shows how essential ice-caps and glaciers are. It is a welcome contribution to planetary conservation.
-Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and author of The Challenge For Africa A World Without Ice is part a history of ice on Earth, part a scientist's love song to his subject, and part an unsentimental eulogy to ice...The book offers a great opportunity for the novice to dip into climate science first-hand.
-San Francisco Chronicle Seldom has a scientist written so well and so clearly for the lay reader. Pollack's explanations of how researchers can tell that the climate is warming faster than normal are free of the usual scientific jargon and understandable.
-Betty Galbraith, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman; Library Journal, starred review Pollack, a geophysicist with the admirable ability to communicate in a language other than math, presents the stark facts of today's [climate] situation and offers careful descriptions of the likelihood of a frightening future, should earth's climate continue to change. . . . But he also offers some realistic hope that catastrophes may be mitigated, if not avoided.
-Patricia Monaghan, Booklist, starred review