《Bran-New + Hardcover Edition + The Effect of A Damaging Greenhouse Gas Black Carbon》Jonathan Mingle - FIRE AND ICE : Soot, Solidarity, and Survival on the Roof of the World
This New York Times bestseller in hardcover edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM163.13 (Hardcover). Now here Only at RM28. A thousand years ago in a Himalayan valley, the village of Kumik was founded. For generations, Kumik villagers survived by learning to cultivate their mountain terrain, drawing from the waters of the glacier and snows above the village. But now the glacier is almost gone, and Kumik is dying. Why? High in the Himalayan valley of Zanskar in northwest India sits a village as isolated as the legendary Shangri-La. Long fed by runoff from glaciers and lofty snowfields, Kumik―a settlement of thirty nine mud brick homes―has survived and thrived in one of the world's most challenging settings for a thousand years. But now its people confront an existential threat: chronic, crippling drought, which leaves the village canal dry and threatens to end their ancient culture of farming and animal husbandry. Fire and Ice weaves together the story of Kumik's inspiring response to this calamity with the story of black carbon. Black carbon from inefficient fires - the particulate residue that makes soot dark - is the second largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide. It's also a key ingredient of the air pollution that public health experts regard as humanity's greatest environmental health risk worldwide: soot-laden smoke from household hearth fires and outdoor sources combine to kill over seven million people around the world every year. He weaves an intriguing story of the people of Kumik, high in the Himalayas, with the impact of black carbon on global warming. Jonathan Mingle describes the joys and struggles of daily life in the Zanskar Valley, where villagers are buffeted by powerful environmental and economic forces, while also tracing black carbon's dark fingerprints outward from Kumik and around the world. Mingle investigates its impacts on snow, ice, and water from Mt. Everest to California, and the silent health epidemic it fuels from New York to New Delhi. Combining cultural history, detailed reportage, climate and energy science and dramatic storytelling, Fire and Ice is a profound examination of the global challenges of averting climate chaos and lifting billions out of energy poverty and water scarcity. ☞ Can Kumik's people come together to reinvent fire, harness what remains of their life-sustaining ice, and reinvigorate their traditions of solidarity, in time to save themselves? ☞ Can the rest of us rise to the same challenge? Fire and Ice connects these questions with the work of enterprising scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and activists around the world, in a narrative that combines mythology, reason, humor, persistence, and hope in a race against a global clock. This is a very thoughtful look primarily at the principle causal agent for the receding of glaciers across the world. The agent is black carbon that comes from various sources including cook stoves, wild fires, diesel engines, fireplaces etc. but primarily open fires. If we could reduce these sources it will help in the global warming fight but will have immediate impact on glaciers. Whits snow reflects heat but black carbon absorbs heat which is the problem. Fire and Ice is a great story following a select group of people in the Zanskari region as they adapt to the swiftly changing conditions with their only source of water over the decades of increasing temperature. As mentioned earlier, the book is a mix of a biographical narrative of the people living in Kumik over several years as they adapt to increased drought conditions and the movement of their village to a better location. Unbelievable. the deep insight included in the book as well was intriguing. Specifically seeing over the course of the narrative portion, the community working together to move the village or even wanting to go to a more harnessing the sun type of mindset, or ultimately, wanting to do things that arent so smoky. It seems many of the villagers came to grow to enjoy the writers presence and even confided some secrets in him to explain at least some of the villagers concerns over one another or even just the state of things. Beyond the story of Kumik we even got to see several explanations for why their glacier was decreasing. The story of climate change in the world has always focused on the issue of Carbon Dioxide but it seems this Black Carbon issue that is detailed here, is a more pressing concern. We were able to see how cooking methods of people in rural India and China affects their local climate and even climate issues as far as the Western American soil and the Artic. Several moments were spent on showing how things could change for the better if people invested in methods to get these people away from cooking with very dirty stoves, or even decreasing burning of crops at the end of the season, both huge contributors of black carbon. And for people worldwide there was even great detail spent on suggesting that everywhere could benefit from moving to cleaner forms of diesel or using a filter for it. It is a very fascinating topic and covered in great and enjoyable detail. Many of the interviews gathered from startups interested in making a change in rural countries from either using cleaner stoves for the people, moving away from heating homes with dung, or even moving towards getting them connected to the grip for electricity, makes it a book that is very relevant for the times. It is a must read. Highly Recommended reading to those interested and new to the science of black carbon and climate change. About the Author Jonathan Mingle's writing on the environment, climate and development has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Boston Globe, and other publications. He is a former Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism, a recipient of the American Alpine Club's Zach Martin Breaking Barriers Award, and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group. He lives in Vermont.
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