Synopses & Reviews
represents an extraordinary achievement in exploration and photography. One of the worldandrsquo;s leading documentary photographers, Michael Martin has devoted many years to this vast project, which surveys the four climate zones where extremes of temperature and drought prevail: the Arctic, the deserts of the Northern Hemisphere, the deserts of the Southern Hemisphere, and the Antarctic. He has ridden his motorbike across the Sahara, the Namib, and the Atacama deserts; traversed the ice of Greenland and Spitsbergen by dog sledge; flown by helicopter to the South Pole and the pristine expanses of Antarctica; and reached the North Pole on skis. His high standards of exploration and reporting are reflected not only in his photography, but also in the bookandrsquo;s scientifically exact maps and its texts written by experts in a wide variety of fields.
"Although the title may prepare readers for stunning photographs with a gloomy message, they are unlikely to anticipate either the vast variety of scenes or the many arms of climate change and human impact depicted and described within this book. From busy urban centers, such as Tokyo and Chicago, where the average temperatures have risen significantly, or London and Venice, both addressing the threat of flooding to the isolated places that appear to be far from the reach of human impact, such as the North Pole or Rio de la Plato, Uruguay, each destination is accompanied by a brief description including the effects of climate change on the environment and the people. With landscapes, cityscapes, aerial views, portraits and even underwater shots, the variety of awe-inspiring photographs will remind readers help to reinforce that the earth is a place to be cherished and explored. The book maintains a balance as part armchair travelogue with an environmentalist agenda and will likely please both demographics. 100 color photos. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
What would our world look like if the planet's average temperature were to rise by only a few degrees? Venice, Bangkok, London, Chicago, and New York would experience severe flooding. The tea fields of Sri Lanka and the vineyards of France would suffer heat and drought. Beijing and Timbuktu would be transformed into deserts, and the Great Barrier Reef's coral colonies would die. The entire nation of Tuvalu would sink into the Pacific Ocean.and#160;
As plants and animals vital to local ecosystems continue to perish due to climate change, the face of our planet is already being transformed. 100 Places to Go Before They Disappear features the locations on all seven continents in the greatest danger of disappearing within our lifetime. With an essay by Desmond Tutu, this stunning book will inspire travelers and environmentalists to save gorgeous places that might soon be only a memory.
About the Author
Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of the Anglican Church of South Africa, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his nonviolent struggle against apartheid in his homeland.and#160;
Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 on behalf of the IPCC, along with former Vice President Al Gore.