The Water Will Come

The Water Will Come

Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

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"What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctica, and each tick upwards of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster. By century's end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world's shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world's major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Engineering projects to hold back the water are bold and may buy some time. Yet despite international efforts and tireless research, there is no permanent solution-no barriers to erect or walls to build-that will protect us in the end from the drowning of the world as we know it. The Water Will Come is the definitive account of the coming water, why and how this will happen, and what it will all mean. As he travels across twelve countries and reports from the front lines, acclaimed journalist Jeff Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world"
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Description: 340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316260244
Branch Call Number: 551.458 Goo


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Mar 08, 2018

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)

Mar 08, 2018

"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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Mar 08, 2018

Journalist Jeff Goodell takes the reader on a globe-trotting tour of the current and rapidly approaching impacts of ocean level rising from global climate change. It is a very readable narrative although I would have liked a few graphs and charts in addition to the score of photographs that illustrate the text. This book has end notes (with Internet links), a good, up-to-date bibliography, and an index.

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