join us on facebook
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Protection of the Three Poles by Falk Huettmann


Protection of the Three Poles by Falk Huettmann

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.


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)

About the Author

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

9th May 2014


Falk Huettmann

More books by Falk Huettmann
Author 'Like for Like'


Springer Verlag, Japan


340 pages


Conservation of the environment
Animal ecology
Oceanography (seas)
Ecological science, the Biosphere
Zoology & animal sciences



It has opened my eyes to different authors and genres. Just log on and try, you will be surprised and not want for reading material again.

Jocelyn Garvey

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

Lovereading helps me decide what real people read.

Kerry Bridges

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow

My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin