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Glaciers : the politics of ice /

by Taillant, Jorge Daniel.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.Description: xxi, 334 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780199367252 (hardback); 0199367256 (hardback).Subject(s): Glaciers | Glacial erosion | Glaciers -- Environmental aspects | Glaciers -- Social aspects
Contents:
Dynamiting glaciers -- What is a glacier? -- The birth of cryoactivism -- Invisible glaciers -- The Barrick veto -- Life without glaciers -- Resurgence -- Amazing glacier stuff -- Implementation -- The human right... to glaciers? -- Final words -- Appendix: The Argentine National Glacier Act.
Summary: "Glaciers is a volume about the role glaciers play in our daily lives (often without us knowing), the risks posed to glaciers from natural and anthropogenic activity (including climate change and industrial pollution), and policies and practices that should be employed to protect this fundamental hydrological reserve"-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Though not traditionally thought of as strategic natural resources, glaciers are a crucial part of our global ecosystem playing a fundamental role in the sustaining of life around the world. Comprising three quarters of the world's freshwater, they freeze in the winter and melt in the summer,supplying a steady flow of water for agriculture, livestock, industry and human consumption. The white of glacier surfaces reflect sunrays which otherwise warm our planet. Without them, many of the planet's rivers would run dry shortly after the winter snow-melt. A single mid-sized glacier in highmountain environments of places like California, Argentina, India, Kyrgyzstan, or Chile can provide an entire community with a sustained flow of drinking water for generations. On the other hand, when global temperatures rise, not only does glacier ice wither away into the oceans and cease to act aswater reservoirs, but these massive ice bodies can become highly unstable and collapse into downstream environments, resulting in severe natural events like glacier tsunamis and other deadly environmental catastrophes. But despite their critical role in environmental sustainability, glaciers oftenexist well outside our environmental consciousness, and they are mostly unprotected from atmospheric impacts of global warming or from soot deriving from transportation emissions, or from certain types of industrial activity such as mining, which has been shown to have devastating consequences forglacier survival.Glaciers: The Politics of Ice is a scientific, cultural, and political examination of the cryosphere - the earth's ice - and the environmental policies that are slowly emerging to protect it. Jorge Daniel Taillant discusses the debates and negotiations behind the passage of the world's firstglacier-protection law in the mid-2000s, and reveals the tension that quickly arose between industry, politicians, and environmentalists when an international mining company proposed dynamiting three glaciers to get at gold deposits underneath. The book is a quest to educate general society aboutthe basic science behind glaciers, outlines current and future risks to their preservation, and reveals the intriguing politics behind glacier melting debates over policies and laws to protect the resource. Taillant also makes suggestions on what can be done to preserve these crucial sources offresh water, from both a scientific and policymaking standpoint.Glaciers is a new window into one of the earth's most crucial and yet most ignored natural resources, and a call to reawaken our interest in the world's changing climate.

"Glaciers is a volume about the role glaciers play in our daily lives (often without us knowing), the risks posed to glaciers from natural and anthropogenic activity (including climate change and industrial pollution), and policies and practices that should be employed to protect this fundamental hydrological reserve"-- Provided by publisher.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Dynamiting glaciers -- What is a glacier? -- The birth of cryoactivism -- Invisible glaciers -- The Barrick veto -- Life without glaciers -- Resurgence -- Amazing glacier stuff -- Implementation -- The human right... to glaciers? -- Final words -- Appendix: The Argentine National Glacier Act.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  • How to Read This Book (p. xv)
  • Introduction (p. xix)
  • 1 Dynamiting Glaciers (p. 1)
  • 2 What Is a Glacier? (p. 24)
  • 3 The Birth of Cryoactivism (p. 50)
  • 4 Invisible Glaciers (p. 88)
  • 5 The Barrick Veto (p. 119)
  • 6 Life Without Glaciers (p. 151)
  • 7 Resurgence (p. 163)
  • 8 Amazing Glacier Stuff (p. 204)
  • 9 Implementation (p. 230)
  • 10 The Human Right ... to Glaciers? (p. 298)
  • 11 Final Words (p. 315)
  • Appendix: The Argentine National Glacier Act (p. 317)
  • Bibliography (p. 323)
  • About the Author (p. 327)
  • Index (p. 329)

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Library Journal Review

Taillant (Ctr. of Human Rights and Environment, Argentina) opens our eyes wide to one of the world's great natural resources that is ignored, largely unprotected, and in peril. He does it with clever structural arrangement of his material, idiosyncratic style, and genuine enthusiasm for his subject. Three-quarters of the world's fresh water is stored as ice in mountain glaciers and polar icecaps-essentially water towers-that are critical to ecological systems and crucial to those who farm, fish, or navigate. Earth's marvellous, fragile "cryosphere" is explained in accessible language throughout. Half of the book tells the story of the debates and negotiations relating to and the passing of the world's first glacier protection law in Argentina in 2010. This could be an ordeal for the everyday reader, but Taillant smartly breaks his account into alternate chapters and shapes it with novelistic touches: there are heroes (Argentine legislators, activists), villains (Barrick Gold Co.), victims (glaciers), and many plot twists. Realpolitik, Argentina-style, makes for great reading. VERDICT Rarely does a book with such a pedestrian title prove so riveting. Taillant answers a question asked a lot of late: How can we talk about climate change so that people will listen?-Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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