The Atlas of Disappearing Places
Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis
by Christina Conklin; Marina Psaros
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Pub Date 20 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2021
A beautiful and engaging guide to global warming’s impacts around the world.
“The direction in which our planet is headed isn't a good one, and most of us don’t know how to change it. The bad news is that we will experience great loss. The good news is that we already have what we need to build a better future.” —from the introduction
Our planet is in peril. Seas are rising, oceans are acidifying, ice is melting, coasts are flooding, species are dying, and communities are faltering. Despite these dire circumstances, most of us don’t have a clear sense of how the interconnected crises in our ocean are affecting the climate system, food webs, coastal cities, and biodiversity, and which solutions can help us co-create a better future.
Through a rich combination of place-based storytelling, clear explanations of climate science and policy, and beautifully rendered maps that use a unique ink-on-dried-seaweed technique, The Atlas of Disappearing Places depicts twenty locations across the globe, from Shanghai and Antarctica to Houston and the Cook Islands. The authors describe four climate change impacts—changing chemistry, warming waters, strengthening storms, and rising seas—using the metaphor of the ocean as a body to draw parallels between natural systems and human systems.
Each chapter paints a portrait of an existential threat in a particular place, detailing what will be lost if we do not take bold action now. Weaving together contemporary stories and speculative “future histories” for each place, this work considers both the serious consequences if we continue to pursue business as usual, and what we can do—from government policies to grassroots activism—to write a different, more hopeful story.
A beautiful work of art and an indispensable resource to learn more about the devastating consequences of the climate crisis—as well as possibilities for individual and collective action—The Atlas of Disappearing Places will engage and inspire readers on the most pressing issue of our time.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
New York City, New York
Kure Atoll, Hawaii
The Cook Islands
San Francisco, California
Bến Tre, Vietnam
Gravesend, United Kingdom
"Beautiful maps and hopeful vignettes about the future temper this important book about climate change in our world."
"Painted with water-soluble inks on sheets of dried seaweed, the book's maps are textured, attractive, and informative. . . . Climate change is not just about melting ice caps and starving polar bears, and The Atlas of Disappearing Places brings that reality home."
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This was a grim and depressing glimpse into the realities of what is happening to our planet and what should be done to make drastic changes. This book is a wake-up call, for sure. It is necessary reading and should be taken seriously. I am not so worried for myself about the current conditions on the planet, but living in California now, wildfires are a very real threat. I am more concerned for my young nephews and then when they have children. What will living conditions be like on the planet? How many trees will be left (that are vital for oxygen)? Will there be any polar ice left or will coastal states and countries be mostly underwater?
This topics in this book and what is discussed are heavy strong global issues. Recommended reading for everyone.
Buying this at publishing to add to my climatology collection.
Thanks to Netgalley, Christina Conklin, Maria Psaros and The New Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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