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Weekend Reads: Miami’s Last Chance, Is Wine the New Polar Bear?, What the Wild Things Read
Four #greenreads to enjoy as that near end-of-the-summer panic sets in.

Where the Wild Things Are

“Rising Seas” | If you’re a regular OnEarth reader, I feel a little silly telling you climate change is causing sea levels to rise. But have you stopped to think about what that might really mean? Like, no more Miami by the end of the century? Literally! Some experts think the city will be no longer be fit for human habitation, along with most of southern Florida. Yet coastal dwellers there and all over the country are in denial (the first stage of grief) of just how bad things may get. As Tim Folger reveals, just 10 to 15 percent of those affected by last year's Hurricane Sandy are expected to accept buyout offers from New York state. You have to wonder how many tragedies it will take before we stop rebuilding and arrive at grief stage #5: acceptance. National Geographic

“Time to Bee Worried” | It’s a tad ironic that for all the apocalypse literature, TV, and film out there these days, we don’t pay more attention to the mass die-offs that could affect our dinner plates. According to Bryan Walsh, "You can thank the Apis mellifera, better known as the Western honeybee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls you'll eat today." But those little buzzers are biting it—big time. What’s even more discouraging, we don’t know a heck of a lot more than we did in 2006, when OnEarth first profiled the then-emerging epidemic. OnEarth, TIME

“Beasts at Bedtime” | Children today may grow up with less time spent outdoors, but at least in the world of books they are overwhelmingly among their wild companions. In kids lit, hungry caterpillars, velveteen rabbits, and properly-nouned bears abound. But are the little ones learning anything valuable from their anthropomorphic protagonists? Liam Heneghan meanders from The Hobbit and Call of the Wild to Last Child in the Woods in this essay on childhood literacy, nature appreciation, and the wild thing within all of us. Aeon Magazine

“Grapes of Wrath” | We know the effects of climate change loom large for farmers and their crops, but growers of wine grapes may have it worst of all. Perhaps more than any other product, wine is tied to place: the name of the town, valley, or AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) is printed right there on the bottle. As one grape grower interviewed by Mark Hertsgaard put it, “If traditional sugar-beet growing regions in eastern Colorado had to move north, nobody would care. But if wine grapes can’t grow in the Napa Valley anymore … suddenly you have a global warming poster child right up there with the polar bears.” Mother Jones

Tired of Reading Yet? Watch This.

Just the scraps: Everybody’s jazzed up about compost programs these days, but what do these community programs actually look like? The New Yorker takes us behind the scenes and into the nitty-gritty of the Lower East Side Ecology Project.

Tips: @OnEarthMag (tag it #greenreads)
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