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Jeff Masters review of the book "The Water Will Come" about sea level rise

Posted by Chris in Tampa on 12/21/2017, 10:34 pm

He talks about some of the areas discussed in the book. (Miami, Venice, New York City, Small Pacific islands, Nigeria and Norfolk, Virginia)

Through its terrific storytelling interwoven with a wealth of scientific information on sea level rise, The Water Will Come impressed me as the best book I've read on climate change. While I've intellectually understood that sea-level rise will cause massive upheavals to civilization in coming decades, this book really communicated the enormity of the challenges society will face from the unstoppable rise of the ocean (for you sci-fi fans, I submit that we have a Seldon Crisis on our hands!) The main take-away message from the book is this: we can retreat from the coast and protect what we can in an intelligent and orderly fashion, or we can go through a chaotic abandonment of the coast forced upon us at much greater cost. Goodell is pessimistic about our prospects of doing an orderly retreat from the sea, writing, "retreat also requires city and state officials to willingly shrink their tax base and politicians to willingly give up power. Who wants that?"

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell is $17.63 from I give it four stars out of four."


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Jeff Masters review of the book "The Water Will Come" about sea level rise - Chris in Tampa, 12/21/2017, 10:34 pm

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