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The Last Polar Bear

Scientists agree that by the end of this century the polar bear will be the first mammal threatened with extinction due to climate change. "The Last Polar Bear" is the first book to fully document that story.The continued survival of these magnificent white bears in their warming, and melting, Arctic world is uncertain, yet their fate is also a wake-up call compelling us to act now to stem global warming. Through Steven Kazlowski's unparalleled imagery, the most critical environmental issue of our time is brought to life."The Last Polar Bear" places the reality of climate change in our hands. We see the plight of the polar bear, an animal already feeling the detrimental effects of our reliance on fossil fuels, as its icy habitat melts.Over the course of the last six years, wildlife photographer Steven Kazlowski has photographed the polar bear in its wild habitat, from Hershel Island in Canada to Point Hope in Alaska. "The Last Polar Bear" pairs his intimate images with anecdotes about his Arctic adventures, as well as authoritative essays about the polar bear in the context of climate change.Alaska based writers Richard Nelson, Charles Wohlforth, Nick Jans, and leading USGS polar bear biologist Steven C. Amstrup draw on decades of experience in the Arctic to cover the biological, cultural, and anthropological aspects of climate change. Dan Glick, long-time correspondent for "Newsweek", addresses the history of climate change while Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defence Council, and Theodore Roosevelt IV offer perspectives on activism and politics.
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"[Kazlowski's] photographs allow us to see into this remote and beautiful world and to experience the changes threatening the wildlife and humans who call this area home.'s namesake, Steven's pictures inspire people to take action to address the greatest threat facing our world."--Dan Ritzman, Northwest/Alaska regional director "Sierra Club " "In The Last Polar Bear, photographer Steven Kazlowski has struck just the right chord. By combining lively photographs of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife with essays from articulate experts, Kazlowski has produced a book that presents both a call to the heart and a call to arms... The essays accompanying the stunning photographs are, in addition to being rich in information, accessible."--Andi Diehn "Foreword Magazine " "In this oversize book, wildlife photographer Kazlowski provides an attractive portfolio of photographs of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, unprecedented in their variety and propinquity - the result of much labor, patience, and endurance."--J. Nabe, of Southern Illinois University "Choice " "By revealing the immediate impact of climate change-what's happening now, instead of what may theoretically happen-on polar bears, the Inupiaq, and other Arctic inhabitants, Steven Kazlowski and the writers included in The Last Polar Bear have produced an enduring lesson plan on how to recognize and help cure the earth's fever. The clearest message a reader will gain from this book? Despair is not an option. Only through hope will we change the world."--Andi Diehn "Foreword Magazine " "[The Last Polar Bear] is the culmination of Kazlowski's driving obsession with the polar bears of northern Alaska. Sometimes obsessions end badly; this one has resulted in a stunning book."--Mary Ann Gwinn "Seattle Times " "Kazlowski's photos are superb-elegant, breathtaking, magnificent-all the hyperbole not used in the text can be attached to the pictures. They are stunning visual compositions that show the Arctic in all its savage, raw, beautiful wonder. The bears pictured here are not stuffed toys or marketing creations. They are Nature's creatures, playful and loving at times, savage and wild at others. If ever a cause had a face, it would be this."--Libbie Martin "(Fairbanks, AK) Daily News Minor " "The accompanying essays [in The Last Polar Bear] are short of preaching and conjecture, long on fact and science [and]...this book is filled with facts that will intrigue the thinking reader...[in short, ] Kazlowski's book is worth reading. The essays are thoughtful and well written, with facts laid out and arguments presented logically and objectively. The message is clear, but the messengers understand that beating us to death with rhetoric and hyperbole might not be the best way to go about things."--Libbie Martin "(Fairbanks, AK) Daily News Minor "

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