The “retreat” in this book’s title isn’t a description, but a prediction. Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis and Keith C. Pilkey – co-authors of previous environmental books – argue that rising sea levels will doom coastal development. They say that in many areas beach renourishment and seawall construction will prove expensive and futile. Decades from now, they predict, people will be forced to abandon Miami, New Orleans, Norfolk and other coastal cities. The authors criticize the US government’s flood insurance program for encouraging building in low-lying areas instead of strategizing movement away from the coasts. They also warn of the danger of locating nuclear plants near the shore. Climate change skeptics may not appreciate the Pilkeys’ fatalistic mindset. However, they also present a compelling overview of a potentially devastating problem and of what government is and isn’t doing to mitigate its risks. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends their insightful, well-researched report to investors, city planners, policy makers and anyone living near the sea.
In this summary, you will learn
- How high sea levels will rise,
- How the change will affect developed areas and
- How cities must respond to an overflowing ocean.
About the Authors
Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke professor emeritus at Duke University. Linda Pilkey-Jarvis is a geologist and Keith Pilkey is an administrative law judge. The three have collaborated on previous environmental books.
Comment on this summary
5 months agoI disagree to the extent this report criticizes the government actions listed - people have freedom to choose where they live and government is supporting their respective choices, nothing wrong with that. Moreover, there are no historical precedence of successful mass migrations/ relocations being suggested.
Although, I agree there is insufficient action - public or private, in effectively fixing the problem that extravagant and irresponsible human activities has created, and this is an area this report is very weak in, like most all other on this topic.
I suppose it is much easier and gratifying to scandalize the problem, complain others for inaction, and play no role in actually solving/ identifying solutions to the problem yourself.
1 year agoLack of political will
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