Water Will Come : Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World
by Goodell, Jeff







Prologue: Atlantis5(10)
1 The Oldest Story Ever Told
15(16)
2 Living with Noah
31(18)
3 New Climate Land
49(25)
4 Air Force One
74(15)
5 Real Estate Roulette
89(27)
6 The Ferrari on the Seafloor
116(29)
7 Walled Cities
145(20)
8 Island States
165(25)
9 Weapon of Mass Destruction
190(23)
10 Climate Apartheid
213(20)
11 Miami Is Drowning
233(28)
12 The Long Goodbye
261(29)
Epilogue: Condo Diving290(9)
Acknowledgments299(4)
Notes303(24)
Selected Bibliography327(4)
Index331


An acclaimed journalist uses fact, science and on-the-ground reporting to provide an account of the coming new age of great flooding, due to rapidly rising sea levels that promise to inundate our coasts and transform existing landscapes. 50,000 first printing.





Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of five books, including How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate, which won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit. Goodell's previous books include Sunnyvale, a memoir about growing up in Silicon Valley, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future.





*Starred Review* Climate change has many, interconnected aspects, none more urgent than those affecting the oceans. In this engaging book, environmental writer Goodell (How to Cool the Planet, 2011) points out that while sea levels have always risen and fallen, the current rise is driven primarily by the dramatically accelerating melting of the arctic ice caps, and with so many cities on seashores, this will be devastating. Goodell circles the globe, interviewing scientists and those responsible for keeping people and their homes above water, observing that how cities and nations, many already dealing with more frequent flooding and seawater contamination of freshwater sources, are able to adapt varies widely because of differing economic and political conditions. For some, it will mean building vast seawalls to shore up existing development, for others it will mean elevating infrastructure or abandoning low-lying regions and islands within a few generations. Creative responses must be deployed to save millions of lives and coastal communities, while nations must also work together to mitigate the impact we're having on the earth's delicate ecological balance. Goodell points to the Paris Climate Accord, which acknowledges human activity as a source of global warming and seeks a collective reduction in greenhouse gases to slow down global warming, as an essential first step. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.





How the impending rise in sea levels caused by increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the air will make life on the edge of the ocean very different over the next century.In this gripping book, Rolling Stone contributing editor Goodell (How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate, 2010, etc.) argues that "sea level rise is one of the central facts of our time, as real as gravity." He looks back over the history of human reaction to changing sea levels, particularly during the period 15 millennia ago when the last ice age ended; then, ocean levels were rising 13 feet per century, and people were forced to relocate inland every few years. Now, of course, it's not so simple. As the author points out, "there's a terrible irony in the fact that it's the very infrastructure of the Fossil Fuel Age—the housing developments on the coast, the roads, the railroads, the tunnels, the airports—that make us most vulnerable." Goodell concentrates most of his attention on the East Coast of the United States. He examines how the foundation of Miami Beach, built from scratch as a tourist destination, makes it particularly subject to destruction. He scrutinizes the Navy base at Norfolk and the efforts of those in charge of maintaining it to prepare for the future in a "climate denial hotspot." The author also traveled around the world to explore the possibly futile efforts to preserve Venice from rising water and to see what is occurring in the Marshall Islands, whose future as a nation looks insecure. While Goodell occasionally seems to be leaning heavily on those areas where assignments have sent him, overall, this is a well-rounded, persuasive survey. Notes of hope about the possibilities afforded by human flexibility and ingenuity occasionally lighten some of the grimness. A frightening, scientifically grounded, and starkly relevant look at how climate change will affect coastal cities. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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