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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.

 

Summary

Imagine a Future Apocalypse  

Consider this scenario of a possible future catastrophe: In a hurricane, a 20-foot [6-meter] storm surge engulfs most of Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. Sea levels, up more than a foot since the early 2000s, make South Florida susceptible to such surges. Hundreds die – some in the panic after the false news of a reactor breach at the Turkey Point nuclear power station. Miami’s lackluster sea defenses fail quickly. The waters rise, swamping buildings and bringing crocodiles into the dying city. Miami becomes a popular place to go diving – a modern real-life Atlantis. 


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