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Fire and Ice kindle ½ Hardcover Ï 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 ButOntributor 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 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 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 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 Over the 400 or so pages I came to become heavily invested in the individuals lives as they adapted to this conditions Many characters definitely grow on the reader over the course of the book I enjoyed the bits of comedy placed in it too I always cracked up when they teased the writer about if he cooks like they do or can work like they do or even their own ironic comments like kha kumik chu shila the snow falls above kumik but the water goes to shila This comment stood out even when he did go to Shila and they had a waterfall and even could wash clothes and such in their rivers 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 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 thingsBeyond 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 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 itI could go on and on about all the various aspects to things that need to change but the book does a great detail of covering this 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 timesIt is a must read

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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 uestions 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 cloc Jonathan Mingle journalist freuent contributor to Slatecom etc has written a book that will surely be acclaimed as an essential read in the climate change debate arguably the most important current debate about our world and our collective policy decisions Fire and Ice focuses on the catastrophic environmental impact inflicted by the tiny grains of black carbon created by inefficient burning and a stark reminder that our global economy relies on a staggering amount of inefficient burningFire and Ice is one of those books that gives you a headache the deeper you dive into it This is not due to the writing Mingle wisely grounds his story in the daily lives and struggles of the villagers in Kumik a thousand year old village in the Zanskar valley high in the Himalayas The headache comes from the mind boggling scope of the environmental damage we inflict every day The science is simple inefficient burning leads to dense smoke and one of the worst contaminants found in that smoke is black carbon These tiny particles of black carbon are unleashed into the atmosphere and when they land in snow the particles act as tiny furnaces by absorbing sunlight and melting the nearby snow Add billions of black carbon particles to a glacier and pretty soon you've got no glacier leftMingle demonstrates convincingly that the world relies on glaciers for water and if we're killing our glaciers at a rate that is truly scary What could have been a very dry academic tome in the hands of another author is instead a very human tale as Mingle tells the story of the Kumik villagers who are confronted with a truly scary prospect the land where their village has stood for around 1000 years is dying because the glaciers are no longer providing the water needed to sustain life That change can be tied back to black carbon Think about that simple prospect a place that has existed or less unchanged for 1000 years is no longer inhabitable That will have you putting the Irish in your coffee before 9 amFire and Ice has lots of science to back up its claims and Mingle interviews lots of climate authority figures and uses examples beyond the Himalayas from the American West to China to the Alps and beyondSo why four stars Ultimately Fire and Ice wore me out At around 400 pages I confess that Fire and Ice exhausted me it makes or less the same points humans are burning too much too inefficiently and too many people don't care The most mind boggling example of denial Mingle tracks down comes from China after trying to fight debilitating smog the Chinese government throws up its hands and says that smog is good because it encourages a fatalistic sense of humor to cope with it After 50 pages I was convinced admittedly I was not a tough sell At 200 pages I was done At 400 pages I was happy to put the book downI will recommend Fire and Ice to anyone who's interested but with the caveat that this powerful read may test your patience

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Fire and IceHigh 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 c I feel guilty giving this book just two stars for two reasons First I only made it through the first 80 pages it goes 400 and second it does deal with a serious issue global warmingThe author's premise which I believe is that black carbon the waste from burning is having an extreme impact in many areas of the developing world In Northern India where most people use open flames for cooking and heating it's having a terrible impact on the melting of the glaciers disputing villages that have been inhabited for a millenniaWhat hurts the book for me is the way it is presented This would be much better as an serious article or series of articles than a 400 page book Too much repeated elements even in the first 80 pages I felt like I was hearing a sermon