The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption







As seen in The New York TimesMen’s Journal, Smithsonian.com, and The Guardian

The author who Jeremy Scahill calls the “quintessential unembedded reporter” visits “hot spots” around the world in a global quest to discover how we will cope with our planet’s changing ecosystems


After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisis—from Alaska to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforest—in order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.


In The End of Ice, we follow Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island where he meets the last subsistence seal hunters of the Bering Sea and witnesses its melting glaciers. Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Ironically, this allows him to renew his passion for the planet’s wild places, cherishing Earth in a way he has never been able to before.


Like no other book, The End of Ice offers a firsthand chronicle—including photographs throughout of Jamail on his journey across the world—of the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.


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  • Libby

    Jamail calls our present time, ‘a time of reckoning.’ A work of huge and timely importance, Dahr Jamail’s ‘The End of Ice,’ is accessible, and revelatory in reporting the most current eviden...

  • Steve Donoghue

    There's no way for a book like this - a smart and careful inquiry into the precise mechanics of the climate change apocalypse - can be called uplifting reading, but Dahr Jamail's book is certainly riv...

  • Max

    The End of Ice is a really serious book about climate disruption. The author travels around and interviews people who are affected by climate change first hand. The book begins with some personal expe...

  • Carolyn McBride

    This is a highly readable, chilling (no pun intended) eye-opening book. Everyone should read this, especially those that refuse to believe that climate change is real. How can anyone deny global warmi...

  • Jammin Jenny

    I received this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review.I'm not going to say I enjoyed reading this book, because the information it shares is just so devastating to our planet. But I did th...

  • Randall Wallace

    If you stopped all human activity today, “it would take another 25,000 years for what is currently in the atmosphere to be absorbed into the oceans.” Picture it this way: “130 feet of sea level ...

  • David Buccola

    I found this to be one of the worst books on climate change I’ve read in recent years. Let’s just start with the author’s absurd notion that somehow, if people experienced nature more, we’d re...

  • Amit Verma

    This book by a journalist who has worked in Iraq and has deep longing and concern for our nature.Book is enjoyable, pierecing, accurate, detailed and contemporary. Author covers all facets of our ecol...

  • Matt

    This book was, well, depressing. It presents an utterly convincing case that humans are destroying the planet, and that we are negatively affecting pretty much every ecosystem, from the Alaskan tundra...

  • Elisabeth

    Dahr Jamail does a wonderful job weaving stories and experiences in with the brutal data about climate change....