Dahr Jamail made a name for himself as one of the few unembedded journalists to cover the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq—a gambit that afforded him an up-close look at the country’s destruction. In his new book, The End of Ice, the longtime mountaineer tackles a different kind of devastation: the vanishing of ice caps and glaciers, and its effect on Earth.
He climbs Denali to witness the melting of the Alaska Range; treks through the Everglades, likely to drown under rising seas; and ventures deep into the Amazon to marvel at birds facing extinction as the rain forests dry out.
Becoming certain that the world’s coldest places will soon be lost, Jamail commits to educating others on the plight of the planet, in hopes a younger generation can delay the inevitable. —J.R. Sullivan
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