The rising sea

by Pilkey, Orrin H., 1934-

Format: Print Book 2009
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction GC89.P48 2009
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Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  GC89.P48 2009
On Shishmaref Island in Alaska, homes are being washed into the sea. In the South Pacific, small island nations face annihilation by encroaching waters. In coastal Louisiana, an area the size of a football field disappears every day. For these communities, sea level rise isn't a distant, abstract fear: it's happening now and it's threatening their way of life.

In The Rising Sea, Orrin H. Pilkey and Rob Young warn that many other coastal areas may be close behind. Prominent scientists predict that the oceans may rise by as much as seven feet in the next hundred years. That means coastal cities will be forced to construct dikes and seawalls or to move buildings, roads, pipelines, and railroads to avert inundation and destruction.

The question is no longer whether climate change is causing the oceans to swell, but by how much and how quickly. Pilkey and Young deftly guide readers through the science, explaining the facts and debunking the claims of industry-sponsored "skeptics." They also explore the consequences for fish, wildlife--and people.

While rising seas are now inevitable, we are far from helpless. By making hard choices--including uprooting citizens, changing where and how we build, and developing a coordinated national response--we can save property, and ultimately lives. With unassailable research and practical insights, The Rising Sea is a critical first step in understanding the threat and keeping our heads above water.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Coastal geologists Pilkey and Young don't subject readers to yet another discussion about global warning; they go directly to the realities of rising sea levels. From the exorbitant expense of the current relocation of the Alaska coastal village of Shismaref to the legal options being weighed by island communities around the world, they consider the social and political ramifications that will accrue once low-lying areas are permanently flooded. With stark evidence, such as photographs of the retreating Muir Glacier, the powerful political stand taken by NASA climatologist James Hansen, the exposé of faulty information used to criticize attempts to protect the endangered polar bears, and the detailed history of islands lost to past storms and tides, the book's message is clear. There is no denying that towns are already under the surf, or that barriers meant to preserve coastal property are flimsy and gallingly expensive. We may want to dismiss Pilkey and Young's book as alarmist, but, as they show so compellingly when writing about the post-Katrina Gulf Coast, it would be utterly irresponsible to do so.--Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Veteran academics Pilkey (The Corps and the Shore) and Young (a geoscientist and Pilkey's former student) team up to offer a rational approach to inevitably rising sea levels over the next century, an unprecedented problem for human civilization: for the first time a densely developed shoreline [is] putting the ways of life of millions of people at risk." Even with a significant reduction in carbon emissions, sea levels will continue to rise and, combined with increasingly severe storms, force a retreat from the shoreline. Thus, the authors make a strong case for an immediate halt to high-rise construction "in areas vulnerable to future sea level rise" coupled with the relocation of buildings and infrastructure, to be executed "when major maintenance is needed." Simultaneously, steps should be taken to protect coastal marshes, mangroves and especially coral reefs ("the most biologically diverse environments in the modern ocean"). Pilkey and Young make short work of costly plans like sea walls and artificial beaches, with provide no long-term protection. Pilkey and Young's balanced, optimistic perspective on the tough decisions that lie ahead should garner interest from policy makers and real estate developers as well as environmentalists. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Sea level.
Coast changes.
Publisher Washington, DC :Island Press/Shearwater Books,2009
Contributors Young, Rob, 1963-
Language English
Description xiv, 203 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-192) and index.
ISBN 9781597261913 (cloth : alk. paper)
1597261912 (cloth : alk. paper)
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