Retreat from a Rising Sea

Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change

Author: Orrin H. Pilkey,Linda Pilkey-Jarvis,Keith C. Pilkey

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231541805

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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Melting ice sheets and warming oceans are causing the seas to rise. By the end of this century, hundreds of millions of people living at low elevations along coasts will be forced to retreat to higher and safer ground. Because of sea-level rise, major storms will inundate areas farther inland and will lay waste to critical infrastructure, such as water-treatment and energy facilities, creating vast, irreversible pollution by decimating landfills and toxic-waste sites. This big-picture, policy-oriented book explains in gripping terms what rising oceans will do to coastal cities and the drastic actions we must take now to remove vulnerable populations. The authors detail specific threats faced by Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Amsterdam. Aware of the overwhelming social, political, and economic challenges that would accompany effective action, they consider the burden to the taxpayer and the logistics of moving landmarks and infrastructure, including toxic-waste sites. They also show readers the alternative: thousands of environmental refugees, with no legitimate means to regain what they have lost. The authors conclude with effective approaches for addressing climate-change denialism and powerful arguments for reforming U.S. federal coastal management policies.

The Rising Sea

Author: Orrin H. Pilkey,Rob Young

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1597266434

Category: Science

Page: 272

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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.

Rising Seas

Past, Present, Future

Author: Vivien Gornitz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519206

Category: Science

Page: 360

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The Earth's climate is already warming due to increased concentrations of human-produced greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and the specter of rising sea level is one of global warming's most far-reaching threats. Sea level will keep rising long after greenhouse gas emissions have ceased, because of the delay in penetration of surface warming to the ocean depths and because of the slow dissipation of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide. Adopting a long perspective that interprets sea level changes both underway and expected in the near future, Vivien Gornitz completes a highly relevant and necessary study of an unprecedented age in Earth's history. Gornitz consults past climate archives to help better anticipate future developments and prepare for them more effectively. She focuses on several understudied historical events, including the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Anomaly, the Messinian salinity crisis, the rapid filling of the Black Sea (which may have inspired the story of Noah's flood), and the Storrega submarine slide, an incident possibly connected to a sea level occurrence roughly 8,000 years old. By examining dramatic variations in past sea level and climate, Gornitz concretizes the potential consequences of rapid, human-induced warming. She builds historical precedent for coastal hazards associated with a higher ocean level, such as increased damage from storm surge flooding, even if storm characteristics remain unchanged. Citing the examples of Rotterdam, London, New York City, and other forward-looking urban centers that are effectively preparing for higher sea level, Gornitz also delineates the difficult economic and political choices of curbing carbon emissions while underscoring, through past geological analysis, the urgent need to do so.

Retreat From Empire

Sir Robert Armitage in Africa and Cyprus

Author: Colin A. Baker,Colin Baker

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860642234

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 414

View: 4972


Glittering success and near tragedy were the nodal points of Sir Robert Armitage's career during the turbulent final years of empire. Few colonial administrators reached the top so well prepared, yet after only nineteen months as Governor of Cyprus he was peremptorily replaced by a military governor, and only narrowly escaped being replaced prematurely as Governor of Nyasaland. The author draws on his unique access to Armitage's diaries, letters and private papers, and on numerous interviews and correspondence with Armitage's colleagues and friends; on the newly-opened Macmillan papers, and on his extensive use of public records. He traces Armitage's outstandingly successful career in Kenya and on to his fateful governorships in Cyprus and Nyasaland. His revisionary conclusions is that Armitage, despite his troubles, should also be remembered for his firm yet sensitive administration which laid the foundations for a swift and peaceful move to independence for Malawi.

Preparing for Climate Change

Author: N.A

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9781568064826


Page: 696

View: 8383


Includes policy and scientific overviews; atmospheric and oceans processes; human health implications of climate change and ozone depletion; agricultural, ecological and water resource implications; implications for coastal planning; urban planning; the Caribbean, Arctic, and various other regions; energy implications; and developing a framework for international climate change.

Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Subsidence: Causes, Consequences, and Strategies

Author: John Milliman,B.U. Haq

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792339335

Category: Science

Page: 369

View: 9079


Greenhouse-induced climate warming increasingly appears to be a reality, and the warming climate will be accompanied by an accelerated sea level rise - as much as 60-100 cm over the next century. What is commonly absent in the discussion of rising sea level, however, is the role played by the subsidence of low-lying coastal areas, which can have a far greater local effect than the eustatic rise of the sea. The combined sea-level rise and land subsidence will almost certainly make the greatest impact on coastal societies in the densely populated regions of southern Asia, but its effects will be felt globally. This volume explores the concepts of sea-level rise and coastal subsidence, both natural and anthropogenically accelerated, in the form of a series of case studies in such diverse locations as Bangkok, Bangladesh, Venice, and the Niger and Mississippi deltas, as well as a discussion of the economic, engineering and policy responses that must be considered if the effects of local sea-level rise are to be mitigated.

A General History of the Pyrates

Author: Daniel Defoe

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486131947

Category: History

Page: 800

View: 2596


Considered the major source of information about piracy in the early 18th century, this fascinating history by the author of Robinson Crusoe profiles the deeds of Edward (Blackbeard) Teach, Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny, others.

Coastal Sensitivity to Sea-level Rise

A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region

Author: James G. Titus,K. Eric Anderson,Climate Change Science Program (U.S.),National Science and Technology Council (U.S.). Subcommittee on Global Change Research,United States. Environmental Protection Agency,Geological Survey (U.S.),United States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,United States. Dept. of Transportation

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780160830860


Page: 784

View: 2550