First published in 2012, High Tide on Main Street blazed a new trail in understanding the driving forces behind climate change and its most profound, unstoppable, and least-understood effect, Sea Level Rise (SLR).
In easy-to-understand language, oceanographer and explorer John Englander explains how SLR will become the most permanent effect of climate change. By focusing on sea level, he also provides excellent insights into greenhouse-gas emissions: the forces driving severe climate change.
One reviewer said: "the most understandable book on climate change I have read to date."
While we are already feeling the effects of disastrous climate change in the form of forest fires, extreme weather, droughts, and floods - we are just beginning to feel the effects of SLR.
Sea level rise, unlike weather events, is permanent, and the science is clear. SLR is increasing faster than at any time in recorded history. And is increasing at an increasing rate. We could see several feet of SLR by 2050, and 5-10 feet (1.5 to 3m) by 2100.
The science is also clear that due to excess heat already stored in our oceans, the sea will continue to rise for hundreds and hundreds of years. Coastal property will go underwater. First, financially, and then, literally.
High Tide On Main Street not only explores the science, but also investigates the devastating economic impacts almost every industry will suffer.
But, far from being a "doom and gloom" vision of the future, Englander introduces five points of "intelligent adaptation"; in effect a blueprint for accepting what is to come and a comprehensive plan for dealing with the inevitable coastal crises.
John's second book on the same topic, Moving to Higher Ground, Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward, will be published on April 6, 2021.
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About the Author
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
Table of Contents
High Tide on Main Street; Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
Table of Contents
Foreword: Jean-Michel Cousteau
Preface: Post-Sandy Second Edition
Introduction: Governor Christine Todd Whitman
Chapter One: Aboard the Titanic
Chapter Two: Earth's 612-foot Elevator
Chapter Three: A Billion to a Million Years Ago
Chapter Four: A Million to 6,000 Years Ago
Chapter Five: Past 6,000-8,000 Years
Chapter Six: The Present and Future (2000 - 3000 A.D.)
Chapter Seven: On Thinning Ice
Chapter Eight: CO2 and You
Chapter Nine: Sources of Confusion
Chapter Ten: Why Projections Underestimate
Chapter Eleven: A Few Feet-What's the Big Deal?
Chapter Twelve: Miami, Manila and Much More
Chapter Thirteen: Property Values Go Underwater
Chapter Fourteen: Defend or Retreat
Chapter Fifteen: Intelligent Adaptation
Chapter Sixteen: New Technology and Political Will
Chapter Seventeen: Moving to Higher Ground
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