The Water Will Come
Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized WorldBook - 2017
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The author met Jason Box, an American climatologist, in Greenland. "... Box explained that his goal ... was to test some unorthodox ideas about why Greenland was suddenly melting. ... he believed it might be related to the darkening of snow caused by soot drifting down onto the ice sheet from coal-fired power plants in China and wildfires in the American West and northern Canada ... 'Dark snow absorbs more heat than clean snow, which makes it melt faster,' Box explained. 'How big is the impact ... I don't know. But it could be significant. And it's one of many things that are not in the climate models right now." (p. 51)
"One recent study estimated that with six feet (1.8m) of sea-level rise, nearly $1 trillion worth of real estate in the United States will be underwater ... But it is not just money that will be lost. Also gone will be ... the mangrove forests of Bangladesh where Bengali tigers thrive, ... Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley; St. Mark's Basilica in Venice; ... NASA's Kennedy Space Center; ... the slums of Jakarta, Indonesia; ... and, in the not-so-distant future, Mar-a-Lago, the summer White House of President Donald Trump. Globally, about 145 million people live three feet (0.9m) or less above the current sea level. As the waters rise, millions of these people will be displaced ...". (p. 13-14)
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