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Dealing with Sea Level Rise is Our Problem. Let's Get Started,
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This review is from: Rising Sea Levels: An Introduction to Cause and Impact (Kindle Edition)I purchased "Rising Sea Levels" (Kindle edition) just before Sandy struck NYC and the surrounding area.
It was like the chapters of the book were playing out live on CNN as I was reading it. A few examples:
*Chapter 1: Global Warming, and why it makes storms like Sandy worse
*Chapter 2: The Hydrological Cycle and why a warmer atmosphere holds more water, and storms like Sandy, and Irene from a year earlier, dumps more rain (kind of like a bigger sponge holds more water than a smaller sponge.)
*Chapter 3: Why higher sea levels, a result of melting ice around the globe and thermal expansion of warmer waters, makes storm surges and wave damage much worse
*Chapter 4: The cause and consequences of storm surges as the NYC subways and financial districts went under water.
Additional chapters go on to explain that continued sea level rise is inevitable, and that seas will rise at increasing rates. There are also chapters about what we can do to limit the damage and to prepare for the rising seas to come.
I used to think sea level rise was some distant problem - one that would be resolved by future generations through science, technology and leadership.
This book, as well as Sandy, Irene, Katrina and similar recent events around the world, has made me realize that dealing with Rising Sea Levels is our problem - one that we must get to work on now.
We have a moral obligation to our children, and to citizens of the world, to limit harm as much as we can, while preparing for the worst.
Developing an effective action plan requires an understanding of the issue. Reading "Rising Sea Levels" is a great start to gaining that understanding of what will be one of humankinds greatest challeges.