- By Erri De Luca, translated by Jim Hicks
Photo by Getty Images. Scientific American, December 2017.
In the north the skies will start to close in. The clouds will thicken—a cover sealed shut. Even bombing won’t make them open.
Daily temperatures will fall, the earth will freeze, become barren. The skies will be dark, even at noon during the summer solstice.
Citicombs will be built—entire cities underground. Those who live in the North will long to emigrate south of the Mediterranean, where the sun has remained in the cloudless sky.
They will petition Africa for climatic asylum. It will be given to those who can demonstrate that their families once welcomed a migrant from Africa. There will be a registry and archive, called “The Elephant’s...