Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami on America's Shores

Author:   Orrin H. Pilkey ,  Keith C. Pilkey
Publisher:   Duke University Press
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9781478005063


Pages:   208
Publication Date:   20 September 2019
Format:   Hardback
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The consequences of twenty-first-century sea level rise on the United States and its nearly 90,000 miles of shoreline will be immense: Miami and New Orleans will disappear; many nuclear and other power plants, hundreds of wastewater plants and toxic waste sites, and oil production facilities will be at risk; port infrastructures will need to be raised; and over ten million Americans fleeing rising seas will become climate refugees. In Sea Level Rise Orrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. Pilkey argue that the only feasible response along much of the U.S. shoreline is an immediate and managed retreat. Among many topics, they examine sea level rise's effects on coastal ecosystems, health, and native Alaskan coastal communities. They also provide guidelines for those living on the coasts or planning on moving to or away from them, as well as the steps local governments should take to prepare for this unstoppable, impending catastrophe.

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Author:   Orrin H. Pilkey ,  Keith C. Pilkey
Publisher:   Duke University Press
Imprint:   Duke University Press
Weight:   0.544kg
ISBN:  

9781478005063


ISBN 10:   1478005068
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   20 September 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Prologue 1. Flee the Sea: Climate Refugees 2. The End of the Inupiat Way of Life 3. Lord Willing and the Creek Don't Rise: Sunny Day Flooding 4. Dirty Waters and Worried Minds: Health Concerns in an Age of Climate Change 5. The Front Line in the Battle: The U.S. Military 6. At-Risk Coastal Environments: Is Resilience Futile? 7. The Environmental Impact of Surging Seas: Life at the Edge 8. Inundated Infrastructure: Imperiled Energy Facilities 9. Coast Catastrophes: Cities on the Brink 10. Under Water: National Flood Insurance and Climate Gentrification 11. What You Can Do about Sea Level Rise Appendix A. Global Delta Population Displacement Potential by 2050 Appendix B. The Economic and Environmental Price of Holding the Shoreline Still with Hart Stablization Appendix C. Living with the Shore Book Series References Index

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[Orrin Pilkey and Keith Pilkey] identify the legal, political and financial decisions required to cope with sea level rise as it threatens nearly every aspect of American life, including commerce and shipping, the military, tourism and the design and functioning of major cities. The sober assessment questions whether the recent trend toward building resilient coastal communities is even possible. -- Debbie Elliott * NPR * Careful, thoughtful, conservative - and profoundly disturbing. -- Ben Steelman * Wilmington Star-News * Sea Level Rise is written in direct, nontechnical language that's absent of dramatic innuendo and is full of information and documentation regarding the anticipated effects of a rising sea level. Ignoring its message could have severe consequences. -- Barry Silverstein * Foreword Reviews *


Sea Level Rise is written in direct, nontechnical language that's absent of dramatic innuendo and is full of information and documentation regarding the anticipated effects of a rising sea level. Ignoring its message could have severe consequences. -- (09/01/2019)


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Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University and the author and coauthor of numerous books, including The Last Beach, also published by Duke University Press. Keith C. Pilkey is an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration. He is coauthor, with Orrin H. Pilkey, of Global Climate Change: A Primer, also published by Duke University Press.

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