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Rise and retreat: Climate change washes across the new shoreline.

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I'm surprised how quickly it moves out of the media limelight, and the everyday discussions are on to new topics. Maybe one of the reasons is we can't point a finger at any single culprit. With a school shooting, you can say 'so-and-so person had this kind of history and these might be the kinds of things that precipitated them to act in such a way' and with climate change there isn't any one single actor - we're all creating it together, all of the time. And I think that is one of the reasons perhaps why we also are fairly good at forgetting about it.

Writer Elizabeth Rush watches the sea roll across America's new shoreline - as the most visible reminder of climate change's threat to life and land, and as a signal to retreat from the inevitable, irreversible rise of the oceans and the way of life that brought us to this point.

Elizabeth is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore from Milkweed Editions.

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Elizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush is a writer, photographer and educator.

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