Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change by Orrin H. PilkeyRetreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change by Orrin H. Pilkey

Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change

byOrrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, Keith C. Pilkey

Hardcover | May 24, 2016

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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.

Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus, Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, at Duke University. His books include A Celebration of the World's Barrier Islands and Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can't Predict the Future.Linda Pilkey-Jarvis is a geologist at the Washington State Department of Ecology, wh...
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Title:Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate ChangeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231168446

ISBN - 13:9780231168441

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by the Santa Aguila FoundationPrefaceAcknowledgments1. Control + Alt + Retreat2. The Overflowing Ocean3. The Fate of Two Doomed Cities: Miami and New Orleans4. New and Old Amsterdam: New York City and the Netherlands5. Cities on the Brink6. The Taxpayers and the Beach House7. Coastal Calamities: How Geology Affects the Fate of the Shoreline8. Drowning in Place: Infrastructure and Landmarks in the Age of Sea-Level Rise9. The Cruelest Wave: Climate Refugees10. Deny, Debate, and Delay11. Ghosts of the Past, Promise of the FutureBibliographyIndex

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Clear and authoritative.... If only our leaders would read this book.