Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World

Keltie Thomas, illus. by Belle Wuthrich and Kath Boake W. Firefly, $19.95 (64p) ISBN SBN 978-0-2281-0022-5
Discussions of climate change are often nonspecific and abstract. This accessible call to action focuses on particular regions of the world that have been or may be impacted by rising sea levels. Thomas begins with a straightforward explanation of why sea levels are rising, describing the impact of carbon emissions in the atmosphere leading to warming water, which expands. Melting glaciers and ice sheets are also culprits in the rise of sea levels, she explains. Digitally rendered photo illustrations depict hypothetical flooding—the Statue of Liberty appears waist-deep in seawater; the Gateway to India monument is flooded from Mumbai Harbor; and a future Miami Beach is inundated. The eye-catching images may come across as dramatized worst-case-scenarios, yet the photographs of areas that are already facing damaging floods underscore the true potential for destruction. End pages offer 10 steps readers can take to help combat global warming, including reducing water usage, eating less meat, and recycling. Ages 9–13. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/19/2018
Release date: 00/00/0000
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 64 pages - 978-0-228-10021-8
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