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The Water Will Come
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The Water Will Come
Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World
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A New York Times Critics' Top Book of 2017One of Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017One of Booklist's Top 10 Science Books of 2017 "An immersive, mildly gonzo and depressingly...
A New York Times Critics' Top Book of 2017One of Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017One of Booklist's Top 10 Science Books of 2017 "An immersive, mildly gonzo and depressingly...
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  • A New York Times Critics' Top Book of 2017

    One of Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017

    One of Booklist's Top 10 Science Books of 2017


    "An immersive, mildly gonzo and depressingly well-timed book about the drenching effects of global warming, and a powerful reminder that we can bury our heads in the sand about climate change for only so long before the sand itself disappears." (Jennifer Senior, New York Times)


    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Library Journal

    June 15, 2017

    Rolling Stone contributing editor Goodell (How To Cool the Planet) looks at sea-level rise caused by Earth's melting ice caps and its effects on coastal settlements. He visited shrinking Greenland and the shores of Alaska, New York City, Virginia, Venice Beach, the Netherlands, the Marshall Islands, and Nigeria, concluding that the inexorable rise is a "slow-motion catastrophe" for low-lying cities and for ports. Some elaborate engineering works are being built to counter higher tides and storm surges for the next few decades. However, most of the present seacoast infrastructure will have to be abandoned eventually. Goodell spent quite a bit of time in Miami Beach, FL, where king tides regularly flood sewers and streets. He interviewed developers and politicians who understand but refuse to discuss the issue. The author offers sensible suggestions for dealing with this difficult situation, but will anyone act on them? Delay will foreclose the option of a managed retreat from the water's edge. VERDICT Anyone worried about the planet should check this one out, and coastal residents in particular should read this and consider their options.--David R. Conn, formerly with Surrey Libs., BC

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 4, 2017
    Not long after Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in 2012, environmental reporter Goodell (How to Cool the Planet) was in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where he “saw broken trees, abandoned cars, debris scattered everywhere,” and he began to realize how poorly prepared cities were to handle rising ocean levels. In this earnest volume, Goodell looks at the rise in sea levels around the globe, refuting climate-change deniers who fail to accept scientific facts. He takes readers to such places as Miami Beach, Fla., and Venice, Italy, which are regularly threatened by floods. The former thrives on tourism and real estate development, but there is little public regard for conservation; South Florida is “a world created by dredgers, cooled by air-conditioning, powered by nuclear energy, dominated by cars, sanitized by insecticides.” When Goodell travels to Venice, famous for its series of canals, he finds residents already acquiesced to ever-deepening pools of water around the sinking city. Discussing Barack Obama’s 2015 visit to the Arctic, Goodell recalls conversations he had with the then president months before international climate talks in Paris that year. Obama understood how important it was to fight climate change but advocated pragmatism. Perusing Goodell’s alarming examination, readers may question the wisdom of such an approach. Agent: Heather Schroder, Compass Talent.

  • Kirkus

    October 1, 2017
    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(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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