The Water Will Come

The Water Will Come

Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

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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 Arctic 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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9780316260206
0316260207
9780316260244
031626024X
Characteristics: 340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

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"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."


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RubyBe
May 27, 2019

The Water Will Come is a beautifully written book. When the author describes water, the prose is positively liquid.

The beauty of the prose makes it harder to dismiss the perilous consequences of sea level rise due to fossil fuel burning.

I was confused when he referred to "Cuban Freedom fighters" in Florida. The former dictator of Cuba, Batista, was one is a long line of imperialist dictators. The rich, including Batista, were getting richer, but the regular people were dying in poverty due to lack of food and healthcare. (Batista also killed 20,000 Cubans outright, through agencies like the dreaded Tiger Police.

Cuba has never been a democracy--until Castro it was controlled by one foreign power after another. Prior to Castro, the US controlled the sugar industry to benefit large US corporations, for instance.

After the revolution, the US made it clear that the US intended to control Cuba once again. The US has kept up a constant economic assault, as well as violent attacks on Cuba--the Bay of Pigs invasion, and hundreds of assassination attempts on Castro, for example. It is hard to see how the former wealthy elite of Cuba who promote such US action against Cuba can be called 'freedom fighters.' But the people Cubans call 'Freedom Fighters' are the people who overthrew Batista. It is hard to see those people living in Florida.

I don't see how any group can be called Cuban Freedom Fighters currently. It would have been good to see if Cuba would have become more democratic if it weren't under constant assault by a much larger and more powerful country. All countries tend to limit civil rights during war.

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Hopalong_Kid
Oct 28, 2018

Comprehensive analysis of sea level rising and how it will change things drastically. Well written and to the point. Worth reading!

PimaLib_NormS Jun 07, 2018

“The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World”, by Jeff Goodell is a depressing, but important book. The polar ice caps are melting, and the seas are rising. The reasons for this may be in dispute among some people, but most seem to agree that it is happening. The longer nothing is done, the more dire the consequences will be down the road. Think of all the highly populated coastal cities all over the world. What is going to happen to those people? By way of example, Goodell considers the plight of Miami, Florida. In 50-100 years, Miami could be a modern-day Atlantis under several feet of water. Not only that, and the absolute chaos that comes with it, the Turkey Point nuclear power plant is south of the city. Even a partial submerging of a nuclear power plant complex would be a major disaster. Goodell quotes the mayor of South Miami, Philip Stoddard, as saying, “It is impossible to imagine a stupider place to build a nuclear plant than Turkey Point.” Well, yes. But it is there, so what are we going to do? Unfortunately, the answer, at least at this time, is “Not much.” The remedies for sea rise and protection of coastal areas are too hard, too expensive, too disruptive, too political. “The Water Will Come” explains the dangers of doing nothing, and it is likely that future generations will have an even more difficult situation in need of solutions. I would guess they‘ll wonder why we did nothing before it was too late.

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zipread
Feb 07, 2018

The future is scarier than you thought and here's why: it starts today.
Ironically, I read this book while on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. This book is compelling indeed.
It isn't about climate change but more specifically about one effect of global warming --- sea level rising and the effects this will have on our planet and on those who live along the shores of its oceans. The consequences of sea level rising are not pretty: displaced populations; cities inundated and uninhabitable; countries drowned; productive agricultural land lost.
Goodell has certainly thought out all the consequences of this unfolding calamity and they are wider than I had even imagined. It's too bad the climate-changing deniers probably wont read this or will tweet it off as false news. Too bad, too bad.
A must read.

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tirjan
Jan 23, 2018

The title and subtitle say it all. Goodell makes a strong case for what the 21st Century will face as sea levels rise and millions of refugees flee the coasts and poor low lying countries to try to crowd in to already overpopulated or wealthy countries. This isn't science fiction; this is happening right now and will only accelerate in coming years.

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harrissusanc
Jan 03, 2018

The easiest read on the current science, policy and people on this topic. Especially understandable footnotes, and great narrative on glacial melt and sea walls.

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