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ARCTIC THAW by Peter Lourie


The People of the Whale in a Changing Climate

by Peter Lourie & photographed by Peter Lourie & et. al.

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59078-436-5
Publisher: Boyds Mills

What happens to the peoples of the Arctic who follow native hunting traditions as the polar ice cap shrinks? In this timely photo-essay, an inveterate traveler describes three visits to northern Alaska in which he follows scientists from Indiana investigating climate change, as well as Iñupiaq Eskimos waiting for the return of the sun and the whale hunt and then harvesting the first whale, more or less as they have for generations. Opening with a helpful map and a note about the terms used to describe the people he visited, Lourie tells about his trips in a chatty first-person voice, illustrating them with color photographs, mostly his own. He introduces the reader to individuals—earth scientists and biologists, whale captains, and a man who straddles both worlds—and ends with a personal vow to change behaviors that may be contributing to global warming. Helpful backmatter includes a glossary, suggested reading, index and short list of simple things the reader can do as well to fight global climate change. (Nonfiction. 10-14)