After the Ice: Life, Death, and Geopolitics in the New by Alun Anderson

By Alun Anderson

An eye-opening examine the winners and losers within the high-stakes tale of Arctic transformation, from countries to natives to animals to the very panorama itself

The Arctic--like the canary within the coal mine--has reacted extra fast and dramatically to international warming than many had expected. countless numbers of scientists are urgently attempting to are expecting simply how the Arctic will switch and the way these adjustments will in flip have an effect on the remainder of the planet. yet lots of other folks, pushed through revenue instead of information, have an interest to boot. The riches of the world's final virgin territory have spurred the reawakening of outdated geopolitical rivalries. the us, Canada, Russia, Norway, and the Danish territory of Greenland all keep watch over components round the Arctic Ocean. we are facing a brand new period of oil rigs and drill ships, of tankers taking shortcuts from Yokohama to Rotterdam, in addition to a possible struggle over the Arctic's treasures.

Alongside the winners from an open Arctic sea are the various losers, from the nomadic reindeer herders of Siberia and Scandinavia to the Inuit hunters of Alaska, Greenland, and Canada. different creatures that depend on the substantial expanses of sea ice, together with seals, birds, and whales--and the ecosystems during which they live--may disappear to get replaced by means of varied creatures.

Combining technology, company, politics, and adven-ture, Alun Anderson takes the reader to the ends of the earth for what could be the final narrative portrait of this swiftly altering land of unprecedented international importance.

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After the Ice: Life, Death, and Geopolitics in the New Arctic

An eye-opening examine the winners and losers within the high-stakes tale of Arctic transformation, from countries to natives to animals to the very panorama itself

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Philosophers such as Xenophanes and Anaxagoras openly attacked poetic theology. In the fifth century BCE, with the Sophists, there developed a veritable Aufklarung, or century of Enlightenment, when the existence of the gods was questioned on the grounds that it was a mere poetic fiction or social convention. Because of this, philosophers of the Platonic and Stoic traditions gradually developed a kind of doctrine of double truth. On the one hand, poetic and religious traditions were left intact, since they were useful for the people, as forming the basis of the education of children and of the official religion of the city-state.

Ultimately, shouldn't we say that nature is a more perfect art, since it is inside the thing itself, and is immanent and immediate? This problem was to dominate the entire history of the notion of Nature. It was formulated clearly in the Renaissance, for instance, by Marsilio Ficino, who wrote: "What is human art? A particular nature operating on matter from without. What is nature? "22 THE MAXIMS OF NATURE If nature is an art within things, it is in some sense an innate and instinctive knowledge.

Heraclitus' Aphorism and Allegorical Exegesis f"^s 45 PHILO OF ALEXANDRIA The first explicit citation of Heraclitus' aphorism appears in an author who was rather marginal, in the perspective of Greek tradition: Philo the Jew of Alexandria. His work would probably have been completely forgotten if Christian writers had not become interested in him, taking him as a model in their attempt at the recuperation of Greek philosophy and the allegorical exegesis of the Hebraic Bible. His commentaries on the Greek version of the Bible conserve for us a great deal of precious information on Greek philosophy, Platonic or Stoic, which he knew either through the education he had received or else owing to the tradition of Jewish commentators who had preceded him.

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