Book picks as published in the April 11, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Water will come : rising seas, sinking cities, and the remaking of the civilized world
By Jeff Goodell
By century’s end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world’s shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world’s major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Goodell employs fact, science, and on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world.
Enlightenment now: the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress
By Steven Pinker
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data and avoid corrosive fatalism.