Oceans

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Rahmstorf, Stefan & Richardson, Katherine, Our Threatened Oceans (Sustainability Project, 2009). 

The book, addressed to the general reader, offers a compact introduction to physical oceanography and the biodiversity of oceans.  It focuses on the interactions between humans and the oceans, and the oceans' important function as regulator of the global climate system. 

Stefan Rahmstorf, a Professor of Physics of the Oceans in Potsdam, Germany, was awarded the 2017 Climate Communication Prize of the American Geophysical Union.  Here is an unusual video of Stefan Rahmstorf, scientist and artist.

Katherine Richardson is a pioneer in the young field of Sustainability Science, and created a research center at the University of Copenhagen.  A video titled Katherine Richardson: How do we transition an entire country’s energy system to renewables? is here.


Rush, Elizabeth. Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. (2018) 

We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant―and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In this highly original work of lyrical reportage, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of  the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area.  

This book was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.

Here is a YouTube video conversation with Elizabeth Rush.


Rick Van Noy.  Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South,  University of Georgia Press, 2019. 

Though the climate crisis is global, the author writes, its effects are felt most intensely as place based and local.  By highlighting stories of people and places adapting to the impacts of a warmer climate, Van Noy shows us what communities in the Southern U.S. are doing to become more climate resilient and to survive a slow deluge of environmental challenges.

© Tucson/Oro Valley Chapter Citizens' Climate Lobby 2018