Change Comes to the Arctic: A Photographic Journey

12/9/09Follow @wroush

The Copenhagen climate conference is in full swing, and if you wonder why it matters, we’ve got evidence of a changing world to share with you. On the following pages is a series of arresting photographs and captions contributed by Alun Anderson, an Xconomy board member and former editor-in-chief and publishing director at New Scientist. Anderson is the author of After the Ice: Life, Death and Politics in the New Arctic, which is being published this month by HarperCollins-Smithsonian in North America and Virgin Books in the United Kingdom.

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Anderson made several trips to the Arctic while researching the book. His photographs and personal stories provide a stark demonstration that greenhouse warming is changing the planet’s climate—and altering both human and animal communities—at a rate few could have imagined just a few years ago.

Whatever your opinion about the “Climategate” controversy sweeping the media this week, a trip to the Arctic in summer is all it would take to convince you of the urgent need for measures to control greenhouse gas emissions. “That is where Xconomy and its readers have their connection to the Arctic,” Anderson comments. “You are the people who can help develop the technology that will slash greenhouse gas emissions cost effectively.”

Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @wroush

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