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Protection of the Three Poles

by Falk Huettmann

Protection of the Three Poles Synopsis

The Arctic, the Antarctic, and the Hindu Kush-Himalayas form a trio of terrains sometimes called the three poles . Mainly composed of rock, snow, and ice, these precious regions, which are home to many unique species such as the polar bear, the emperor penguin, and the snow leopard, contain the primary water resource of this planet and directly shape our climate. This book presents a first-ever global assessment and progressive review of the three poles and demonstrates the urgent need for their protection. Sins of the past have irrevocably harmed and threatened many of the unique qualities of these regions, and the future looks bleak with the global population forecast to reach 9 billion by 2060, and with climate change on the rise. Presented here is a wide-reaching and coherent overview of the three poles' biodiversity, habitats, and ongoing destruction. Failed protection and social targets set by the United Nations and other bodies are exposed while economic growth, unconstrained or inappropriate development, and urban sprawl are promoted unabated. Polar regions play a major role in the global agenda as they are rich in oil and other resources, marking them for contamination, overfishing, and further degradation. Tourism in the Antarctic has benefited from enlightened self-regulation, but there are signs that this is changing, too. The chapters of this book are written by experts in their fields, and their evidence leaves no doubt that we already live beyond our carrying capacity on a finite but decaying space. A global protection role model and several outlook scenarios are proposed to help set in motion polar protection priorities that are actually valid. Humanity has demonstrated through international treaties such as the Antarctic Treaty and the Madrid Protocol that we can put the interests of the planet as a whole first. This must become the norm, not the exception.

Protection of the Three Poles Press Reviews

From the reviews: Huettmann (Univ. of Alaska-Fairbanks) and collaborating authors have made a brave attempt to document the environmental pressures facing the `three poles'--the Arctic, Antarctic, and the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. ... the book is divided into five parts, one for each pole, preceded by an overview of the polar regions and concluded by a synthesis, also contributed by the editor. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals. (J. D. Ives, Choice, Vol. 50 (4), December, 2012)

Book Information

ISBN: 9784431540052
Publication date: 19th March 2012
Author: Falk Huettmann
Publisher: Springer Verlag, Japan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 340 pages
Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation of the environment, Animal ecology, Oceanography (seas), Ecological science, the Biosphere, Zoology & animal sciences,

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