Retreat From A Rising Sea

Retreat From A Rising Sea

Hard Decisions in An Age of Climate Change

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"Melting ice sheets and warming oceans are causing the seas to rise. By the end of this century, hundreds of millions of people living at low elevations along coasts will be forced to retreat to higher and safer ground. Because of sea-level rise, major storms will inundate areas farther inland and will lay waste to critical infrastructure, such as water-treatment and energy facilities, creating vast, irreversible pollution by decimating landfills and toxic-waste sites. This big-picture, policy-oriented book explains in gripping terms what rising oceans will do to coastal cities and the drastic actions we must take now to remove vulnerable populations. The authors detail specific threats faced by Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Amsterdam. Aware of the overwhelming social, political, and economic challenges that would accompany effective action, they consider the burden to the taxpayer and the logistics of moving landmarks and infrastructure, including toxic-waste sites. They also show readers the alternative: thousands of environmental refugees, with no legitimate means to regain what they have lost. The authors conclude with effective approaches for addressing climate-change denialism and powerful arguments for reforming U.S. federal coastal management policies"--
Publisher: New York :, Columbia University Press,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780231168441
Branch Call Number: 551.458 Pil
Characteristics: xx, 214 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm


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Mar 13, 2018

This clearly and powerfully written book presents the future prospect for humanity confronted by inexorably rising sea levels. About 20 colour photographs compliment the text. The first photograph shows the author standing on his parent's home, "five blocks from the beach", reduced to a bare concrete slab by Hurricane Katrina. The author advocates a "managed retreat" by threatened cities; and preparation to receive tens of millions of climate refugees. An outline for a sea level rise action plan is provided on page 73. A bibliography relevant to each chapter is provided as end notes; and the book has an index. A "must read" for residents of coastal cities.


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Mar 13, 2018

"As well prepared as it already is, New York City, like every other seaport city, eventually will have no choice but to retreat to some extent. The sooner that seaside cities accept this, the better prepared they can actually be for sea-level rise. Unfortunately, we continue to be impeded by recalcitrant climate-change deniers. Maybe it is too early for politicians to acknowledge that we will indeed have to move back from the sea or otherwise it will envelop us." (p. 55)

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