The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Given the recent widespread alarms about global warming, any added anxiety on the part of coastline residents about rising sea levels is entirely understandable, especially when most pessimistic scenarios put the extra elevation at three feet by this century’s end. In this fascinating, if occasionally unnerving, overview of the long and tempestuous relationship between shore-hugging cities and their neighboring oceans, best-selling author and anthropology professor Fagan (Beyond the Blue Horizon, 2012) charts coastline measurements as far back as 15,000 years ago, when watery disasters at sparsely settled seaside villages were rare. Today, with major population centers clustering near harbors and beaches, superstorms like last year’s East Coast–ravaging Hurricane Sandy, which Fagan points to as a prime example of modern society’s vulnerability, are far more devastating. In three absorbing, well-crafted sections, the author recounts some notable past storm surges and tsunamis, and predicts likely damages from future ocean-borne disasters. More than just another nervous admonition about climate change, Fagan’s account relies on hard data to warn cities and governments worldwide to act now and forestall otherwise inevitable catastrophic flooding. --Carl Hays

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The re-imagining of the past is entertainingly done, and a great deal of science, especially climate science, is accessibly introduced on the way * A.C. Grayling on CRO-MAGNON * [A] fascinating account of shifting climatic conditions and their consequences * New York Times on THE GREAT WARMING *

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  • File Size: 5945 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1 edition (June 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CA2RLTY
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