Humankind, says Rolling Stone journalist Jeff Goodell, must face the scientific fact of sea-level rise due to global warming. He reports that rising seas will drown coastal cities, displacing hundreds of millions of people and causing trillions of dollars in damage. From Miami to Lagos, from Venice to the tiny Pacific Marshall Islands, storm surges – sometimes driven by hurricane winds – are flooding homes and businesses, bringing misery, pestilence and disease. Modern people – unlike their seawise ancestors – cling to coastal land, barricade it and build vulnerable fixed infrastructures like nuclear power plants. Inevitably, Goodell says, as soot-darkened glaciers melt at an unprecedented rate, “the water will come.” The author traveled widely to understand this unfolding catastrophe-in-the-making, speaking with its victims and with those who have the agency to limit its effects. getAbstract recommends his compelling primer to influencers, leaders, change managers, developers and concerned citizens.
In this summary, you will learn
- How human activity causes climate instability that generates rapid sea-level rise,
- How millions worldwide face displacement from flooded coasts, and
- Why the infrastructure and psychology to deal with this reality is lacking.
About the Author
Rolling Stone editor and award-winning author Jeff Goodell writes on modern environmental and energy issues. His other books include How to Cool the Planet, Sunnyvale and Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future.