The Water Will Come

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 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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316260244
Branch Call Number: 551.458 Goo
Characteristics: 340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Feb 07, 2018

The future is scarier than you thought and here's why: it starts today.
Ironically, I read this book while on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. This book is compelling indeed.
It isn't about climate change but more specifically about one effect of global warming --- sea level rising and the effects this will have on our planet and on those who live along the shores of its oceans. The consequences of sea level rising are not pretty: displaced populations; cities inundated and uninhabitable; countries drowned; productive agricultural land lost.
Goodell has certainly thought out all the consequences of this unfolding calamity and they are wider than I had even imagined. It's too bad the climate-changing deniers probably wont read this or will tweet it off as false news. Too bad, too bad.
A must read.

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tirjan
Jan 23, 2018

The title and subtitle say it all. Goodell makes a strong case for what the 21st Century will face as sea levels rise and millions of refugees flee the coasts and poor low lying countries to try to crowd in to already overpopulated or wealthy countries. This isn't science fiction; this is happening right now and will only accelerate in coming years.

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