Tuesday, March 13, 2012

100 Place To Go Before They Disappear

The title of this book is a slight exaggeration. Not all of the places will completely disappear from climate change. But each of them could be dramatically affected.

We often think of islands and low-level coastal countries when we think of countries at risk. But reading this book, that is only part of the story.

Here's some of entry 28 (Paris):
In 2003 a heat wave struck Europe. It hit France particularly hard. 14,802 'excess deaths' were recorded. There were so many deaths that unclaimed bodies had to be kept in a refrigerated warehouse outside Paris. Across Europe 35,000 people died because of this heat wave. It is predicted that later this century that kind of heat will be the summer norm.

Near the beginning, the book has a world map with each of the 100 places marked. Wherever you are, there's one not far away.

[The content is also available on the 100 places website]

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