The Whale and the Supercomputer
On the Northern Front of Climate Change
Scientists and natives wrestle with our changing climate in the land where it has hit first—and hardest
Climate change isn’t an abstraction in the far north. It is a reality that has already altered daily life for Native people who still live largely off the land and sea. Likewise, its heavy Arctic footprint has lured scientists seeking to uncover its mysteries. In this gripping account, Charles Wohlforth follows both groups as they navigate a radically shifting landscape. Scientists drill into the environment’s smallest details to derive abstract laws that may explain the whole. Natives know the whole through uncannily accurate traditional knowledge built over generations. The two cultures see the same changes--the melting of ancient ice, the animals and insects in new places--but they struggle to reconcile their different ways of comprehending what these changes mean.
With grace, clarity, and a sense of
illuminates both ways of seeing a world in flux, and in the process,
to envision a way forward as climate change envelopes us all.