Analysis Of The Siege Of Miami By Elizabeth Kolbert

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apable effects of a warming world. Miami, and major parts of Florida are a great risk from the earth’s changing climate as the rising oceans threaten to swallow most of the southern half of the state. Tensions between Bangladesh and India intensify as the rising sea water threatens to displace millions of people, with India’s only solution to the issue being to build a larger border. “The Siege of Miami”, written by Elizabeth Kolbert, paints a terrifying portrait of the consequences of rising sea levels with its effect on human populations. Using scientific evidence as well as with her own personal experiences, she graphically illustrates how climate change is dramatically changing the face of Miami. In the chapter titled ‘The Great Wall of …show more content…
Amazingly; the idea of climate change even occurring is half-heartedly dismissed in both articles. In Florida, for instance, discussion of needed changes regarding climate change is not even considered - “In October, Florida filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to block new rules aimed at limiting warming by reducing power-plant emissions” (Miami citation). Instead of implementing much needed drastic measures needed to combat environmental policies, a lawsuit is filed …show more content…
The issue of rising water due to a warming world can no longer be ignored. Evidence to support this problem, as presented by both Elizabeth Kolbert and McKenzie Funk in their writings, is undeniable. Unless sudden and lasting reforms are implemented, future consequence are dire and irreversible. Both Kolbert and Funk accurately depict the consequences of our warming world. With her first-hand accounts of the flooding herself, Elizabeth Kolbert described the already flooding Florida and the only possibility for hope is through a regenerative project. As shown through his accounts and descriptions in his time in Bangladesh, McKenzie Funk depicted the realities of rising waters on species extinction as well as on the human population in India and Bangladesh. As fatalistically shown by both authors, it can be deduced that we must act immediately in order to protect our vulnerable areas from a future of higher water tables if we are to ensure our way of life; and perhaps even our own human

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