Yet Another, But This Time Realistic, Polar Synthesis, Meta-Analysis, and Outlook: Protecting Ice, Snow, People, Species, Habitats, and Global Temperatures for Good?

  • Falk Huettmann


This final chapter provides a meta-analysis and synthesis of the chapters in this book. It is based on reflections about things that are gone, already forgotten, or will be gone any time soon. Here I cover the broken trust with governments and with big NGOs, whether wild landscapes create wild men, sustainable societies, and the first synthesis of the three poles (Arctic, Antarctic, and Hindu Kush–Himalayas). From all the reviewed evidence it becomes clear we are in a global crisis (financially, socially, environmentally, and with the atmosphere), and that change is required if we really want to maintain world temperatures in good standing and for future generations. Business as usual is no longer an option. Although governmental and institutional mission statements make clear what should be done, here it is shown with many examples what we are still missing and why. The failure of the current legal system to halt the destruction of (sea) ice and glaciers, to reverse the decline of endemic species and wilderness, becomes clear. Unsustainable concepts such as overcommitted landscapes and seascapes, soft money funding schemes, and political overruling fail us all. What not to do for the poles is emphasized, for example, embarking even further on an economic growth scheme, and it is stated what must be done instead. Critical action items such as Open Access online data delivery, a tax reform, institutional change, proactive science management, implementing protected areas for more than 30% of the globe, and Mother Earth rights are suggested as alternatives. This book promotes moving with reason toward sustainability research and management of the poles, which makes for a safe science investment for the benefit of mankind, for the earth, and for the atmosphere overall. Unless we want a polar meltdown and subsequently our globe to crash, we have no other option.


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  1. 1.EWHALE lab- Biology and Wildlife DepartmentInstitute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska-FairbanksFairbanksUSA

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