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The Water Will Come
The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World | Jeff Goodell
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An eye-opening and essential tour of the vanishing world What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Artic and Antarctica, and each tick upwards of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster. By century's end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world's shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world's major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Engineering projects to hold back the water are bold and may buy some time. Yet despite international efforts and tireless research, there is no permanent solution-no barriers to erect or walls to build-that will protect us in the end from the drowning of the world as we know it. The Water Will Come is the definitive account of the coming water, why and how this will happen, and what it will all mean. As he travels across twelve countries and reports from the front lines, acclaimed journalist Jeff Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world.
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The Republican-dominated Virginia legislature has effectively banned the discussion of climate change--one legislator called sea-level rise a "left-wing term." Instead, the politically acceptable phrase in Virginia is "recurrent flooding."

readingjedi 😳😳😳 7mo
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Good question.

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New York is a sea-level-rise hotspot. Because of changes in ocean dynamics, as well as the fact that the ground beneath the city is sinking as the continent recovers from the last ice age, seas are now rising about 50 percent faster in the New York area than the global average.

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This is a contradiction. It's false to write that animals died, and then, in the very next sentence, write that "no one" died. Someone did die. Animals did. I know what he meant by that; he meant that people didn't die, but it's yet another one of the countless ways that humans have of saying that animals don't matter.

Chrissyreadit Absolute truth. 7mo
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Goodell then writes:

The slowdown isn't much, just a few thousandths of a second each year, but like the barely noticeable jump of rising seas every year, it adds up. When dinosaurs roamed the earth, a day lasted only about twenty-three hours.

Suet624 Um, that‘s mind blowing. 7mo
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Goodell then writes:

This doesnt mean that cutting CO2 is pointless. On the contrary. If we can hold the warming to about three degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial temperatures, we might only face two feet of sea-level rise this century, giving people more time to adapt.

Cortg Sad 😢 7mo
Chrissyreadit I just don‘t understand how a minority opinion is creating an impossible future for the majority of science realists. 7mo
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Another really good deep dive into a specific climate issue. This was just the right amount political, historical, philosophical and scientific and I‘ve learned a lot of quite complicated stuff that I think I‘ll actually remember! Recommend to anyone interested in climate change looking to be better informed! It covered New York, Florida, Louisiana, the Marshall Islands, Venice, the Netherlands and London.

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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book (amazing one on adapting cities to rising sea levels due to climate change) and Passing by Nella Larsen, which is just as good as everyone says!

2. Native Son by James Baldwin and The Sea The Sea by Iris Murdoch are my library ebook loans that expire first

3. Probably To All The Boys I Loved Before but not sure? I haven‘t seen a lot of movies recently

suzisteffen Oh I read the very good Notes on a Native Son last year, and my partner just (re-)read The Sea, The Sea for one of her book groups. Good taste, you! 😉 7mo
Liz_M The Sea, the Sea is fantastic! 7mo
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Sitting at work reading... While thinking about the other book I left at home that I really wanted to start... 😭

#BookCheating
#OnlySlightlyObsessed

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Stephuhhnieee
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Shepherd‘s pie isn‘t the most photogenic food... but it is super yummy 😋

Cozy dinner to pair with a good book on a cold night.

CouronneDhiver It‘s so gross outside. A hearty dinner is definitely in order 10mo
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gottabechispa
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Changes how you think about climate change--esp. for floridians

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SnailorBee
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I started this book a few months ago but had to return it to the library. I‘ve been thinking about it ever since so I finally rechecked it out. I‘m excited to finish it at last!

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iread2much
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This book is an easy read, and has good citations for the information the author provides. I don‘t think it‘s the best book on the dangers of the impact of climate change on water, but I do think it‘s a decent starting point. Prepared to be depressed if you read this book, but not as depressed as you should be. 2/5 stars. Read if you want to be informed about rising waters

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Alright let‘s try this swap thing one more time. 💦💦To join too check out JoScho‘s feed.

JoScho Thanks for sharing 😊 2y
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