Ice Humanities: Living, Working and Thinking in a Melting World

K Dodds (Editor), Sverker Sorlin

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Ice humanities is a pioneering collection of essays that tackles the existential crisis posed by the planet's diminishing ice reserves. By the end of this century, we will likely be facing a world where sea ice no longer reliably forms in large areas of the Arctic Ocean, where glaciers have not just retreated but disappeared, where ice sheets collapse, and where permafrost is far from permanent. The ramifications of such change are not simply geophysical and biochemical. They are societal and cultural, and they are about value and loss. Where does this change leave our inherited ideas, knowledge and experiences of ice, snow, frost and frozen ground? How will human, animal and plant communities superbly adapted to cold and high places cope with less ice, or even none at all? The ecological services provided by ice are breath-taking, providing mobility, water and food security for hundreds of millions of people around the world, often Indigenous and vulnerable communities. The stakes could not be higher.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages295
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5261-5776-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-5261-5777-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022


  • Ice
  • Humanities
  • Society
  • Science
  • Environment

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