The Last Winter: The Scientists, Adventurers, Journeymen, and Mavericks Trying to Save the World

The Last Winter: The Scientists, Adventurers, Journeymen, and Mavericks Trying to Save the World

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nf2022, , 2021, netgalley, research, nature, Nonfiction, Science, Environment, Travel, Autobiography, Adventure

One man’s “curiously thrilling joyride” of travelogue, history, and climatology, across a planet on the brink of cataclysmic transformation (Donovan Hohn).

As the planet warms, winter is shrinking. In the last fifty years, the Northern Hemisphere lost a million square miles of spring snowpack and in the US alone, snow cover has been reduced by 15-30%. On average, winter has shrunk by a month in most northern latitudes.

In this deeply researched, beautifully written, and adventure-filled book, journalist Porter Fox travels along the edge of the Northern Hemisphere's snow line to track the scope of this drastic change, and how it will literally change everything—from rapid sea level rise, to fresh water scarcity for two billion people, to massive greenhouse gas emissions from thawing permafrost, and a half dozen climate tipping points that could very well spell the end of our world.

This original research is animated by four harrowing and illuminating journeys—each grounded by interviews with idiosyncratic, charismatic experts in their respective fields and Fox's own narrative of growing up on a remote island in Northern Maine.

Timely, atmospheric, and expertly investigated, The Last Winter will showcase a shocking and unexpected casualty of climate change—that may well set off its own unstoppable warming cycle.

Title:The Last Winter: The Scientists, Adventurers, Journeymen, and Mavericks Trying to Save the World
ISBN:9780316460927
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  • Diane S ?

    I had wanted to read his book Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border, but never managed to get to it, so when I saw this I grabbed it. Phenomenal book, a little memoir, adven...

  • Lisa Konet

    Did not know what to expect when I requested this but glad I did. Another great and sobering AF climatology/global warming that is presented as evidence of Earth's next extinction (PS- it is already h...

  • Andrea (Hammock and Read)

    Please read this one! So good and interesting- climate change is coming and fast!...

  • Comfort Me With Nature

    “Winter is not a weather event. It is, in part, the result of an ancient astronomical collision.”Porter Fox loves winter and skiing has been a major part of his life. He wants to ensure that his c...

  • Michael Smith

    This is an elegant, beautifully crafted and well-researched journey into our rapidly changing climate—a terrifying glimpse into our near future. ...

  • Nancy

    “Warm Atlantic currents are fast melting the Arctic ice,” my grandfather said in an interview in 1960. He warned that within 150 years, Detroit could be under water, “caused by torrential rains ...

  • Hallie

    It is clear to anyone who is not living under a rock that the most pressing issue of our time, and likely the most pressing issue for generations to come, is climate change. As more and more literatur...

  • Kyle Wheeler

    You may wonder why I didn't give this a higher rating but I'm old enough to have seen a lot of what he describes in these pages happen before my eyes. I could relate to many of the places he visited b...

  • Barbara

    Climate change is a very real issue on our earth. It’s of massive concern to people who live, work, and renew their lives daily near glacial regions. There are 15 people featured in this book about ...

  • Jan

    Very well written and easily understood, this treatise describes the author's involvement with scientists investigating the effects of the arctic melt at present and what will happen if we don't make ...