The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World

by Jeff Goodell

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Overview

An eye-opening and essential tour of the vanishing world





What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctica, and each tick upwards of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster.





By century's end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world's shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world's major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Engineering projects to hold back the water are bold and may buy some time. Yet despite international efforts and tireless research, there is no permanent solution – no barriers to erect or walls to build – that will protect us in the end from the drowning of the world as we know it.





The Water Will Come is the definitive account of the coming water, why and how this will happen, and what it will all mean. As he travels across twelve countries and reports from the front lines, acclaimed journalist Jeff Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781760640415
Publisher: Black Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Our Story: 77 Hours That Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith. Goodell’s memoir, Sunnyvale: The Rise and Fall of a Silicon Valley Family, was a New York Times Notable Book. The New York Times called his most recent book, Big Coal, “a compelling indictment of one of the country’s biggest, most powerful and most antiquated industries ... well-written, timely, and powerful.”

What People are Saying About This

Laurence C. Smith

‘Even if we could halt further growth in greenhouse gas emissions today, we would remain locked into several centuries of sea level rise ahead. Jeff Goodell's The Water Will Come shows us how this stark truth will unfold, right down to individual human experiences.’

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

‘Sea level rise is coming. We know this as clearly as we know thermometer measurements, the melting point of ice, and the law of thermal expansion. Jeff Goodell's book cuts through the fossil-fuel lies, and is a warning I hope we heed while there's still time.’

John Green

‘I like science books, but I don’t usually find them page-turney. This one really is—it’s a thriller in which the hero in peril is us.’

From the Publisher

‘A frightening, scientifically grounded, and starkly relevant look at how climate change will affect coastal cities.’

Scott Ludlam

‘Jeff Goodell grabs you on the first page and doesn't hold up until this essential story is told. He presents a vivid warning and a call to arms to the generation that gets to decide how fast, and how high, the water will come.’

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