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High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
     

High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis

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by John Englander
 
NEW 2nd Edition (10-16-13) of best selling book that described a superstorm hitting Atlantic City and New York City -- exactly one week before Sandy. Just one of dozens of scenarios in this amazing book. Find out the other forecasts. Rave reviews from experts and Amazon readers. Fully updated and revised. New Introduction by Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

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NEW 2nd Edition (10-16-13) of best selling book that described a superstorm hitting Atlantic City and New York City -- exactly one week before Sandy. Just one of dozens of scenarios in this amazing book. Find out the other forecasts. Rave reviews from experts and Amazon readers. Fully updated and revised. New Introduction by Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

For 6,000 years sea level has changed little. Now it it has started rising again, moving the shoreline too. In clear, easy-to-understand language, this book explains:
* The science behind sea level rise, plus the myths and partial truths used to confuse the issue.
* The surprising forces that will cause sea level to rise for 1,000 years, as well as the possibility of catastrophic rise this century.
* Why the devastating economic effects will not be limited to the coasts.
* Why coastal property values will go "underwater" long before the land does, perhaps as early as this decade.
* Five points of "intelligent adaptation" that can help individuals, businesses, and communities protect investments now and in the future.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 04/22/2013
Englander provides a cogent and sobering glimpse at the effects of rising sea levels that is underway and will persist for at least a thousand years. Sea levels have been relatively stable in civilized history, but with carbon dioxide levels at a 15 million–year high, history shows that sea levels will rise 50 feet from current levels, assuming no further warming. By avoiding rhetorical frenzy, Englander gives more credence to the dire scenarios he outlines; e.g., the widespread disappearance of glaciers, possibly within decades, may eliminate water supplies for more than a billion people. The elimination of heat-reflecting ice will speed up the warming process, with major changes in global weather patterns. With the destruction of whole nations possible, an OECD study envisioning damage of trillion—twice the 2010 U.S. GDP—in 136 port cities worldwide by 2070 seems secondary. Englander's copious citations, graphics, and glimpses of scientific thinking illustrate the persuasive extent of evidence to support his thesis. The author sees no simple way or magical technology to slow sea level rise, but urges the absolute need to begin planning for unavoidable changes. Few who read this challenging primer will venture to disagree.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615637952
Publisher:
The Science Bookshelf
Publication date:
10/22/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
241,235
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

John Englander is an oceanographer and global ocean explorer with expeditions under the polar ice cap, deep dives in research submarines and visits to Greenland and Antarctica. His mission is to be a clear voice on our changing climate and oceans.
Mr. Englander's broad marine science background coupled with majors in Geology and Economics allows him to see the big picture on climate and look ahead to the large scale financial and societal impacts, particularly as they relate to sea level rise.
For over 30 years, Englander has been a leader in both the private sector and the non-profit arena, serving as CEO for such noteworthy organizations as The Cousteau Society and The International SeaKeepers Society, and The Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO).
He is now President of the Sea Level Institute, working with businesses, government agencies, and communities to understand the financial risks as increasing severe storms and long term sea level rise challenge us to adapt to a shoreline that will move inland for centuries.
Mr. Englander is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine, Engineering, Science and Technology, and The Explorers Club. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and several other scientific societies. He blogs at www.johnenglander.net

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High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Englander is far outside the mainstream, and he is misinforming his readers with unscientific nonsense. Contrary to his claims, sea-level is barely rising at all, and the rate of sea-level rise has not increased in over 80 years. In most places, sea-level is rising less than 2 mm/year (less than 1 inch per decade). There is no sign that the rate is increasing. Despite more than two-thirds of a century of very heavy anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, there has been no increase at all in the rate of sea-level rise since the late 1920s. There is no evidence that anthropogenic climate change (from human GHG emissions) has affected the rate of sea-level rise at all, and it is highly unlikely that it will do so to any significant extent in this century.
Bic-Parker More than 1 year ago
If I asked everyone who believes the world is heading towards catastrophe to raise their hand, a forest of them would go up. Exploding lemming-like population is behind it—and one of many cliffs we’re hurling towards is climate change. John was chosen by Jacques to take over the Cousteau Society which says all one needs to know about his credentials. If you want the latest, state-of-the-art science that sweeps from a billion years ago to the present and projects a millennium years into the future, this is the read. Brilliant in its simplicity, judicious gathering of facts, and very cleanly written.
Elemillia More than 1 year ago
This book is a scientific account of what's happening to our sea levels. What are the predictions for 2050? What should we be worried about when it comes to rising sea levels? Are we willing to look at the data and in fact stop ignoring the fact that sea level rising is occurring? I would say that for those of us that are a bit unfamiliar with sea levels rising, this a good beginning. For those of us that want to see the details of the scientific data laid out, it is also a good source. I was a bit skeptical of this book at first. But it came to me through a book review request, and being that I am interested in the topic, I was honored to accept to read and review it. I thought it was going to push me straight into a political agenda of some kind. But that is not the case with this book. First of all, it is written by someone with actual scientific qualifications. John Englander is a graduate of the sciences. More importantly there is a real message to be taken away from the book. John Englander stresses the importance of grasping the magnitude and inevitability of what's happening to the sea level rising while there's still time. We must plan and adapt. Sea level IS rising. What I also found really intriguing in the book was the fact that John Englander doesn't just focus on global warming as a reason for the ice melting. He touches on may influences of global warming, but also on other factors that aren't so obvious. "The tilt of the Earth and its eliptical orbit around the sun, which determines the amount of heat received each season," being one of those. Additionally, what portions of ice melting matter more than others is also crucial to the topic of sea level rising. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in knowing more about our sea level rising whether from a personal, sociocultural, or political reason. There is a little bit for everyone to learn from this book. It is definitely a comprehensive collection of information, facts, and discussion points.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really eye opening new perspective.