The warming of the global atmosphere caused by the greenhouse effect has resulted in a rise in the sea level, changed ocean circulation patterns, and more frequent and intense coastal storms. Scientific studies predict a further 0.7 meter rise by the year 2050, with significant effects on coastal areas: beaches and barrier island will be eroded and inundated; estuaries will become more salty; there will be saltwater intrusion into groundwater supplies; and commercially important fisheries will be affected. The author, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, outlines current methods for dealing with this problem and urges the implementation of retreat and relocation plans, the only strategies endorsed by planners and scientists. This volume, which includes appendixes of relevant state, federal, and international documents, is suitable for concerned general readers as well as elected officials and planners, and should be available in academic and public libraries in both inland and coastal regions. --Judith B. Barnett, Pell Marine Science Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Narragansett
Edgerton analyzes the world sea level rise related to global warming, and outlines state, national, and international actions to respond and adapt to the effects of global warming on coastal communities and ecosystems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Lynne Edgerton is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on global warming and sea level rise. As an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City for over six year, at the time of publication, she was involved in many environmental protection battles to preserve the nation's coasts, most notably as a litigator to secure the phase-out of the ocean dumping of New York City's contaminated sewage sludge offshore of New York and New Jersey. Ms. Edgerton holds degrees from both the undergraduate and law school of Vanderbilt University and from Yale School of Law. She served on the Board of the Climate Institute and is co-author of the coastal sections of the proposed International Convention on Climate Change submitted to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February 1990. She was one of a small group of Americans invited by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization to attend the 1990 Second World Climate Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1989, Ms. Edgerton co-founded NRDC's Los Angeles office. Since her arrival in Southern California, she has focused on securing clean air and clean coasts. She is co-author of No Safe Harbor, an NRDC report on oil tanker safety which recommends ways to lessen oil spill risks.
Chapter 1. Global Warming: Facts and Implications
Chapter 2. Planning for the Future
Chapter 3. The Major Effects
Chapter 4. Federal Policy
Chapter 5. Challenges Facing the Coastal States
Chapter 6. International Effects and Policies
Chapter 7. Findings and Recommendations
Appendix A: The 1989 Cairo Compact
Appendix B: A Draft Protocol for International Cooperation
Appendix C: CZMP Responses to Sea Level Rise
Appendix D: Alternative Policy Responses to Sea Level Rise
Appendix E: Excerpts from Maine's Sand Dune Rules