Sea Level Rising

Overview

On April 16, 2007, an early spring storm broke through Cape Cod's barrier beach. Overnight the citizens of Chatham had to contend with as much sea level rise as most communities will face in the next fifty years. A dozen homes were swept away in as many months and, now, a new inlet is aimed at the heart of the village. Another hundred houses and the third most lucrative fishing port in New England will be endangered in the coming years.

This was not a unique event. As many as ...

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Overview

On April 16, 2007, an early spring storm broke through Cape Cod's barrier beach. Overnight the citizens of Chatham had to contend with as much sea level rise as most communities will face in the next fifty years. A dozen homes were swept away in as many months and, now, a new inlet is aimed at the heart of the village. Another hundred houses and the third most lucrative fishing port in New England will be endangered in the coming years.

This was not a unique event. As many as 200 other American coastal communities will face similar problems as their barrier beaches break down over the next twenty years. Sea Level Rising is a clarion call for these other coastal communites to prepare for the chronic effects of global warming. It is a retelling of the story of the canary in the coal mine. Most importantly Sea Level Rising puts a human face on the story of people dealing with the effects of global warming, arguably the gravest threat ever to face human civilization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764332616
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,170,598
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments & Apologies 5

Foreword: A Swiss Interlude 10

Chapter 1 Camp Crowell The Patriot's Day Storm, April 16, 2007 16

Chapter 2 The Wager April 24, 2007 22

Chapter 3 "Throwing Out the Baby with the Bath Water" July 31, 2007 32

Chapter 4 The Shoe Camp Incident August 9, 2007 42

Chapter 5 The Attack August 11, 2007 52

Chapter 6 "Driftwood" Labor Day Weekend, 2007 58

Chapter 7 The Wreck September 5, 2007 64

Chapter 8 Fieldwork October 16, 2007 74

Chapter 9 Donald Harriss October 26, 2007 84

Chapter 10 Rogues and Patterns, Patterns and Rogues Hurricane Noel, November 3, 2007 94

Chapter 11 Five Days in November November, 2007 102

Chapter 12 A Day of Thanksgiving November 24, 2007 108

Chapter 13 La Nina December 7, 2007 116

Chapter 14 The End of the Year. The End of an Era? December 28, 2007 122

Chapter 15 Fred's True Love January 12, 2008 128

Chapter 16 Problems and Paradigms A mid-January course correction 138

Chapter 17 Backlash and Batty January 28, 2008 146

Chapter 18 The Inletcam January 28, 2008 154

Chapter 19 Mid-Winter Blues February 8th, 2008 159

Chapter 20 Diastole; The Heart at Rest March 11, 2008 166

Chapter 21 The Wooden Tent March 19, 2008 176

Chapter 22 April Fool's Day? April 1, 2008 181

Chapter 23 Expert Testimony June 26, 2008 187

Chapter 24 Town Hall Camp; Fourth of July Weekend 196

Chapter 25 Plover, Seals, and a Spadefoot Toad July 17, 2008 201

Chapter 26 Playing "Wolf" September, 2008 210

Chapter 27 The Future 216

Epilogue 224

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