”Elizabeth Rush” looks at how we are confronting climate change and the psychic and literary toll it is taking. This is a book for those who mourn the changing climate and coast.
This book introduces how climate change is affecting American shorelines provides critical evidence of the devastating changes already faced by some coastal dwellers. Rush, who teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University presents firsthand accounts of these changes.
Rush also presents a legible overview of scientific understandings of climate change and the options for combating it. In the midst of a highly politicized debate on climate change and how to deal with its far-reaching effects, this book deserves to be read by all.
She believes that language can lessen the distance between humans and the world of which we are a part and that it can foster interspecies intimacy as a result care.
The book reported that waters will rise and continue to rise for decades and centuries thanks both to melting glaciers and to the physical expansion of warmer waters. The last time carbon dioxide made up this proportion of the air the rock record suggests sea levels were 100 feet higher.
By 2100, the seas could rise anywhere between five inches and 10 feet or more depending on what we do and whom you trust to make that forecast.
That is a kind of vertigo that Rush and others experience when confronted by weird climate phenomena like warmer waters intruding in the ” Maine Gulf ”.
Rising seas trouble us so much not just because of global warming but for the choices our society has made about how to treat the coasts. Our ancestors filled in the wetlands built more and more roads and homes along the seashore as well as dams that hold back replenishing river-born silt all of which has contributed to the coastal problems we face.