Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ReView of HIGH TIDE ON MAIN STREET by John Englander

 Science - 244 pgs
The Science Bookshelf (first published 2012)

This book is a scientific account of what's happening to our sea levels.  What are the predictions for 2050? What should we be worried about when it comes to rising sea levels? Are we willing to look at the data and in fact stop ignoring the fact that sea level rising is occurring?  I would say that for those of us that are a bit unfamiliar with sea levels rising, this a good beginning.  For those of us that want to see the details of the scientific data laid out, it is also a good source.


 I was a bit skeptical of this book at first. But it came to me through a book review request, and being that I am interested in the topic, I was honored to accept to read and review it.  I thought it was going to push me straight into a political agenda of some kind.  But that is not the case with this book.  First of all, it is written by someone with actual scientific qualifications.  John Englander is a graduate of the sciences.

More importantly there is a real message to be taken away from the book.  John Englander stresses the importance of grasping the magnitude and inevitability of what's happening to the sea level rising while there's still time.  We must plan and adapt.  Sea level IS rising.

What I also found really intriguing in the book was the fact that John Englander doesn't just focus on global warming as a reason for the ice melting.  He touches on may influences of global warming, but also on other factors that aren't so obvious. "The tilt of the Earth  and its eliptical orbit around the sun, which determines the amount of heat received each season," being one of those.  Additionally, what portions of ice melting matter more than others is also crucial to the topic of sea level rising. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in knowing more about our sea level rising whether from a personal, sociocultural, or political reason.  There is a little bit for everyone to learn from this book. It is definitely a comprehensive collection of information, facts, and discussion points.


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