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31 January 2018


That's right, you tell Mr. CR that you will stop reading depressing non-fiction when real life stops becoming depressing!

Climate change is terrifying. I don't think much will happen in the way of combating it (in the US at least) until it becomes acute and too late for many. Unfortunately humans as a species don't seem to be very good at long term planning. We think way to much about short term gain.

I rather fear that waiting for real life to stop being depressing is going to mean a LONG wait.
On the other hand, real life, in the form of nice sunrises and kids' pudgy hands and coffee? Real life is so good. Too bad we can't take just a bit more of a long-term look to try and conserve all the nice things, just a little bit.
Maybe someday, right?

LOL! I love imagining the discussion that you had with your husband about depressing non-fiction! I'm a big fan of depressing non-fiction, although I see it more as a tool to learn about the problems and then have a bit of knowledge to help deal with them. I'm actually a bit of a secret prepper - gathering the things that might help me to survive a disaster.

This book sounds really good. I've read several news articles on the problems that may happen when water levels rise, but it is probably about time I read a whole book on the subject. Thanks for drawing it to my attention!

Yeah, you don't have to imagine the depressing nonfiction book conversations around here, I can re-enact them:
Me: God, I just read this horrifying book about a bunch of murders on Long Island.
Mr. CR: Are you reading more true crime?
Me: I had to take a break from books about environmental nightmares and whistleblowers whose lives are threatened.
Mr. CR: Please stop telling me what you read.


Do let me know what you think of this book. I wouldn't even know how to start to prepare for disasters of a water kind...learning to swim would probably be a good start. :)

Yes, learning to swim would be an excellent start!!!!!

I've started my water disaster preparation by moving to high ground!

Oh man, I think about this all the time. It's already a reality in Louisiana -- one of the big facts we learned about in school in Louisiana was always that we're losing more than a football field's worth of land every day. So. Yeah. And there are climate change refugees in Louisiana already, too. I don't know what will happen.

Yes, I'm sure you all are used to hearing about it there. I for one was shocked by the story in this book about how the huge naval base at Norfolk, VA, is already having a lot of constant problems with flooding. And climate refugees too. Sigh. This has all the earmarks of a big, complex, long-lasting, expensive problem...and we don't seem very good at dealing with those.
See what I mean about scary books? Environmental writing. YIKES.

Did you read Rebecca Solnit's HOPE IN THE DARK when it came out, oh, maybe fifteen years ago? It's depressing, but inspiring, if that makes sense.

I'm not usually a big Solnit fan (I usually agree with what she's saying, but find her way of saying it a bit academic), but I will most certainly try "Hope in the Dark." Not only because it's depressing, and we know that's catnip to me, but mostly because my beloved Hapax has suggested it.
Thank you!

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