The Arctic is “the last big frontier in the world,” says Edward Struzik. And with global warming proceeding at such an alarming rate, what we choose to do there has become an urgent question.

With more than thirty-five years of experience in the north, no one is better equipped to offer a thoughtful and engaging analysis of the issues that face us there than Ed. A fellow in the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, he is also part of a six-member Arctic Advisory Council for the World Wildlife Fund. His numerous accolades include the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, a Michener-Deacon Fellowship, and the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal for outstanding contributions to the understanding of science.

Ed’s first book, The Big Thaw: Travels in the Melting North, woke the world to the accelerated pace of climate change. Lively, lyrical, and acutely observed, Toronto Star hailed it as a work of “deep import to the country.”

The Future Artic: Field Notes from a World on the Edge, takes this analysis even further, revealing the inside story of how politics and climate change are altering the polar world in a way that will have profound effects on economics, culture, and the environment as we know it. “An urgent, passionate defense of ecological conservation and understanding,” (Kirkus), it is one of the most important books of this or any season.

As comfortable paddling a canoe and eating whale blubber as he is at his desk, Ed lives in Edmonton when he isn’t exploring.

Appearing in 42. Big Idea: Think Tank on the Environment