Rising seas Flooding, climate change and our new world

Keltie Thomas, 1966-

Book - 2018

The Earth's oceans are on the rise. Since 1900, global sea levels have risen steadily each year to a global average of about 8 inches (20cm) today, and they're still rising. By 2100, the sea could climb as much as 14 feet (4.3m) to 32 feet (9.75m). Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World gives youth an eye-popping view of what the Earth might look like under the rising and falling water levels of climate change. Photographs juxtapose the present-day with that same area&...#039;s projected future. The shocking images will help them understand the urgency for action.

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Published
Buffalo, NY ; Richmond Hill, ON : Firefly Books Ltd [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
64 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (page 59) and index.
ISBN
9780228100225
0228100224
9780228100218
0228100216
Main Author
Keltie Thomas, 1966- (author)
Other Authors
Belle Wuthrich, 1989- (illustrator), Kathy Boake
  • Earth is going under
  • What's driving sea rise?
  • What now, Earthlings?
  • Miami Beach
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Nova Scotia
  • Lennox Island
  • Greenland
  • The Netherlands
  • The Nile Delta
  • The Maldives
  • Mumbai
  • Guangzhou
  • Bangladesh
  • The Marshall Islands
  • Kiribati
  • Antarctica
  • What you can do
  • Glossary.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Flooding and climate change have become increasingly important topics that need to be addressed, and our youngest readers—the hope for the future of this planet—will learn important information about our world and its climate in this informative text. After introducing the role water plays on earth and the causes of rising sea levels, Thomas takes readers to areas of the planet, such as Miami Beach, Greenland, and the Nile Delta, that will be devastatingly affected by rising sea levels. Facts about the current population of each area highlighted are included and are accompanied by predictions on what will happen to these places in the near future. Illustrations of how these areas might look underwater stress the importance of taking action now, while the cheery design and bright palette help lighten up the heavy proceedings. In a "What Can You Do?" section, readers are given ways to help prevent further climate change, and a glossary explains key terms. An engaging, lively addition to nonfiction collection on a timely, increasingly urgent topic. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–8—Thomas explains how increased carbon emissions contribute to higher temperatures that lead to rising sea levels. The results could displace millions of people in coastal areas and on islands and reduce land available for agriculture, manufacturing, and housing. The author focuses on 15 locales from around the world, where residents are making plans to protect, adapt, and/or relocate. Each scenario discusses the current situation and projects the possible effects by 2100. In places like New Orleans and the Nile Delta, sea encroachment is already measurable. Island nations such as the Maldives and Kiribati face the challenge of relocating their residents before their land disappears entirely, while the Netherlands continues to implement plans to protect its population. Thomas maintains a calm, measured tone despite some of the alarming possibilities presented. Maps, text boxes, diagrams, and photos enhance the visual presentation. Among the striking images are digital photos of what Miami Beach, FL, and Dhaka, Bangladesh, and other locations might look like if rising seal levels continue unabated. Suggestions for readers to reduce carbon emissions contain familiar ideas, such as conserving water and electricity, recycling, eating less meat, and shopping locally. VERDICT This sobering and dispassionate presentation of vital information deserves a place in most libraries.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Discusses the issues surrounding the rising sea levels, depicting what seaports around the world may look like to express the urgency for action.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

2019 Silver Birch Non-fiction Honour Book "This is an important book but we don't have time for its young readers to replace those in power. So read this book and then give grown-ups hell and demand something be done. It's your future that's at stake." -- David Suzuki The Earth's oceans are on the rise. Since 1900, global sea levels have risen steadily each year to a global average of about 8 inches (20cm) today, and they're still rising. By 2100, the sea could climb as much as 14 feet (4.3m) to 32 feet (9.75m). Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World gives youth an eye-popping view of what the Earth might look like under the rising and falling water levels of climate change. Photographs juxtapose the present-day with that same area's projected future. The shocking images will help them understand the urgency for action. Key issues in today's news will be better understood, such as the 2015 Paris Protocol in which the world agreed to limit temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius (ideally 1.5 degree).