Tuvalu, an island in the Pacific Ocean, may seem like paradise, but it will sink beneath the waves within a few decades as a result of climate change. Before the Flood: Tuvalu describes the impact of the modern Western lifestyle in a thoughtful and melancholic way, while pointing out the challenge of forgoing short-term consumption for the benefit of increased long-term quality of life, even when the terrible consequences are literally on their front doorstep.