Cover image for Rising seas : flooding, climate change and our new world / text by Keltie Thomas ; art by Belle Wuthrich and Kath Boake W.
Rising seas : flooding, climate change and our new world / text by Keltie Thomas ; art by Belle Wuthrich and Kath Boake W.
Publication Information:
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2018.

Physical Description:
64 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 28 cm


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551.458 THO Book Junior Collection

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"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).

Author Notes

Keltie Thomas is the author of Do Fish Fart? and How Hockey Works , as well as many other highly acclaimed children's books nominated for several awards. Most recently, Do Fish Fart? won the Award of Merit from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.

Belle Wuthrich is an illustrator designer living in Vancouver, Canada. Her work is featured in numerous books for younger readers.

Kath Boake W. is an illustrator and fine artist whose work appeared in Owl magazine for 20 years. Her digital adaptations of our changing world appear in Rising Seas .

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.