Wind storm at an Antarctic camp.

Adventures of the mind and body in the golden era of climate science

In this book of adventure stories and restored period photos, authors Paul Andrew Mayewski and Michael Cope Morrison tell their personal experiences in some of the Earth’s most remote and challenging places. They tell of the scientific discoveries they made there and the journey that they, and the scientific community, made from a “gradualist” viewpoint—thinking that humanity was an inconsequential observer in a slowly changing climate—to the realization that humanity is  deeply and irrevocably involved in the short- and long-term fate of a temperamental climate capable of dramatic changes in a matter of only a few years. They also tell of discovering the worldwide reach of industrial emissions; their effects on climate, civilizations, ecosystems, and our individual quality of life; the remarkable success of the Clean Air Act and the Montreal Protocols; and how some of these effects can clear up in weeks or months—and others only over centuries.