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

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

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...

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  • November Is Lovecraft Mythos The Haunted Reading Room

    Review: THE WATER WILL COME by Jeff Goodell

    An articulate and thoroughly-considered explication of sea level rise, THE WATER WILL COME is scientific journalism as it ought to be, explaining science, geological history and engineering in an understandable fashion. Mr. Goodell never resorts to scare tactics; his understated and factual approach to climate change, global warming, melting of ice sheets, and consequent inescapable rise of sea level is frightening in itself, and should serve as a wake-

    Review: THE WATER WILL COME by Jeff Goodell

    An articulate and thoroughly-considered explication of sea level rise, THE WATER WILL COME is scientific journalism as it ought to be, explaining science, geological history and engineering in an understandable fashion. Mr. Goodell never resorts to scare tactics; his understated and factual approach to climate change, global warming, melting of ice sheets, and consequent inescapable rise of sea level is frightening in itself, and should serve as a wake-up call across the globe.

  • Bam

    The water will come. Anyone who has ever lived near water knows that water will find its way in if it has a mind to. This book is largely about rising sea levels caused by climate change and melting glaciers and its impact on our society, for the truth is our climate is changing and causing unusual weather patterns and problems around the world.

    Personal experiences: Our midwest home has been flooded twice by creek water in the last ten years after torrential rain storms. And while we were in Ar

    The water will come. Anyone who has ever lived near water knows that water will find its way in if it has a mind to. This book is largely about rising sea levels caused by climate change and melting glaciers and its impact on our society, for the truth is our climate is changing and causing unusual weather patterns and problems around the world.

    Personal experiences: Our midwest home has been flooded twice by creek water in the last ten years after torrential rain storms. And while we were in Aruba recently, which has a desert climate, the area was hit by a thunderstorm that dumped three inches of rain in about an hour, blowing the manhole covers off sewers and flooding the streets with a foot of water. The local residents were amazed--they NEVER get rains like that.

    Whatever happened to nice, gentle, soaking rains? Do you know what it's like to be scared when it rains? Even as a child growing up in suburban Detroit, I remember sitting on the upper steps of our basement watching sewer water backing up and wondering how high it would come. That problem was later solved by a twelve-town drain system but the frightening memories still linger.

    The National Flood Insurance Program is $23 billion in debt. Who is paying for flood insurance claims? The taxpayer, of course. We are building where we shouldn't be. We are building in floodplains, on reclaimed swamps, on the oceanfronts even though higher sea levels are being predicted and hurricanes happen frequently.

    Jeff Goodell is a journalist who has interviewed scientists, climate experts, city planners, politicians, flood victims, architects, geo-engineers, etc. to further his understanding of what the situation is and what might be done to solve the problems. For the water will come.

    "If we want to minimize the impact of sea-level rise in the next century, here's how we do it: stop burning fossil fuels and move to higher ground. We wouldn't even have to stop burning fossil fuels tomorrow--if we did it by 2050, that would be good enough. It wouldn't entirely halt sea-level rise, but it would avoid the worst of it."

    Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for providing me with an arc of this important new book for an honest review.

  • Kb

    *looks at the state of the US today*

    lol, we're so screwed.

  • Katie(babs)

    Educational yet chilling read about the rise of oceans and other bodies of water. Climate change is front and center here, and it's scary. This is the type of book you read that will keep you up at night because the future is bleak and full or terrors.

  • Jess

    Thanks to Little, Brown and Company via NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It has not influenced my thoughts or opinions about this book.

    Throughout this book, Goodell explores geographic regions and innovative technologies to see what can be done to reduce the impact of rising water. Ultimately, there are some questions that emerge:

    - How can we depoliticize climate change and show the real and impending impact on human civilization?

    - How will governments address buy-outs

    Thanks to Little, Brown and Company via NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It has not influenced my thoughts or opinions about this book.

    Throughout this book, Goodell explores geographic regions and innovative technologies to see what can be done to reduce the impact of rising water. Ultimately, there are some questions that emerge:

    - How can we depoliticize climate change and show the real and impending impact on human civilization?

    - How will governments address buy-outs, flood damage, and relocation of peoples, towns, and cities?

    - How will governments and societies address climate refugees, whose numbers may swell far above and beyond political refugees?

    - How can we stop being so short-sighted with our thinking about investment defending communities against climate change?

    - Will the Arctic be a new battleground in the fight for fossil fuels and developmental resources?

    Overall, this is a well-researched book. I was pleased that Goodell explored not only Western (primarily American) concerns, but also those of the Marshallese and Nigerian. I did feel like the chapters dealing with Miami real estate developers and the role of nuclear and military facilities on the Eastern Seaboard to be a bit of a slog, but worth it to get to the other chapters.

  • Ivana

    If you're looking for the "feel good "book about how we'll come up with a solution to climate change and sea level rise- this book isn't for you. Instead, it is a meticulously researched book that highlights the perils of sea level rise globally. Climate change and sea level rise pose an imminent threat to global stability, both in terms of national security and food production, not to mention things such as environmental degradation, public health, and many other aspects that are directly affec

    If you're looking for the "feel good "book about how we'll come up with a solution to climate change and sea level rise- this book isn't for you. Instead, it is a meticulously researched book that highlights the perils of sea level rise globally. Climate change and sea level rise pose an imminent threat to global stability, both in terms of national security and food production, not to mention things such as environmental degradation, public health, and many other aspects that are directly affected (all of them negatively) by these. However, our political leaders are still blind to this issue, and many of them are vocal opponents who use their political and financial power to not only deny that climate change and sea level rise are an imminent threat, but to threaten the scientists and communities who want to raise awareness and urge leaders to do something NOW.

    With the United States now officially the ONLY country in the world that opted to not be a signatory to the Paris Climate Accord, this book is timely and, quite frankly, it is fucking terrifying.

  • Bandit

    It's October and in theory I should be reading something scary. Then again, this is pretty scary. Jeff Goodell, a journalist and a climate expert, creates a hauntingly vivid picture of a very wet world to come. Traveling the world, visiting coastal cities across the globe that can potentially become the next Atlantis, he talks to experts and locals to gain a well rounded perspective of the threats they are facing and the realities of their lives. This isn't a mere alarmist reporting, it's a thor

    It's October and in theory I should be reading something scary. Then again, this is pretty scary. Jeff Goodell, a journalist and a climate expert, creates a hauntingly vivid picture of a very wet world to come. Traveling the world, visiting coastal cities across the globe that can potentially become the next Atlantis, he talks to experts and locals to gain a well rounded perspective of the threats they are facing and the realities of their lives. This isn't a mere alarmist reporting, it's a thoroughly researched and compelling account of a very serious and fairly imminent danger, it doesn't just raise questions, it offers solutions or possibilities thereof by showing how it's being addressed around the world. It's very well written and reads at an almost thriller like pace (no small feat for nonfiction), depressing, of course, but it inspires thinking and certainly a conversation starter, ever so timely and then at the same time...ever so frustrating, because this is precisely the sort of thing the majority of population dismisses either due to their inability to intellectually grasp the concept or greed or a combination of both. Climate change deniers would label this book as sensationalist journalism. And those who know the score don't need further proof or convincing. So that's the frustrating angle...the message will not reach the target audience, nothing will improve, it fact recent politics have done such a tragic backslide, that alone will probably take ages to undo. It may not be too late yet, but for anyone of reasonable intelligence following the news it's difficult to stay optimistic. It may very well be aquaapocalypse after all. Why not read this smart informative account of some play by play international water action and then sit back and maybe rethink a Miami condo purchase. Thanks Netgalley.

  • Tony

    THE WATER WILL COME. (2017). Jeff Goodell. *****.

    This is an excellent review of climate change as it is recognized by the scientific community today. It takes a good look at the data, and projects events into the future to describe likely scenarios for our world when it is faced with water levels much higher than today’s. The author is a contributing editor for “The Rolling Stone,” and the author of five previous books. He makes his points by establishing current conditions on Earth and what has

    THE WATER WILL COME. (2017). Jeff Goodell. *****.

    This is an excellent review of climate change as it is recognized by the scientific community today. It takes a good look at the data, and projects events into the future to describe likely scenarios for our world when it is faced with water levels much higher than today’s. The author is a contributing editor for “The Rolling Stone,” and the author of five previous books. He makes his points by establishing current conditions on Earth and what has happened in the recent past as a result of temperature rise. He mainly focuses on two major cities, Miami and New York City. He does include conditions in other countries to illustrate some of the steps being taken by those countries to meet the danger. It is a scary scenario that he comes up with, after weighing in the politics and economics of a variety of plans of attack against the global threat. This is a terrific review of where we are at and of some of the alternative plans out there to meet mankind’s needs. Recommended.

  • Joshua

    This book gets deep into the stakes of one of the most important issues there is, and does it in a terrifying way. It's gripping at times. It seems a bit trivial to point out that I found some aspects of author's style annoying, like his insistence on including leisurely scenes in each chapter of him asking people in power if they realized how terrible this could get, and then describing them squirm. But now I've done it. Seems like we're all doomed.

  • Dan Dundon

    I finished reading Jeff Goodell's book on Halloween. It was far scarier than anything I witnessed coming up the sidewalk to our home. I was hesitant to begin reading this book for fear I was getting into chapters of dense scientific jargon and mind-numbing charts and graphs. What Goodell gave me instead were dozens of thought-provoking interviews with a wide range of people throughout the world who are dealing with issues related to sea level increases. Far from getting bogged down in scientific

    I finished reading Jeff Goodell's book on Halloween. It was far scarier than anything I witnessed coming up the sidewalk to our home. I was hesitant to begin reading this book for fear I was getting into chapters of dense scientific jargon and mind-numbing charts and graphs. What Goodell gave me instead were dozens of thought-provoking interviews with a wide range of people throughout the world who are dealing with issues related to sea level increases. Far from getting bogged down in scientific jargon, Goodell tells the stories of everyday people whose lives are being affected by water.

    It was a sobering read that caused me to wonder how we will ever cope with this coming catastrophic era in the next few generations.

    A special note to all those who live in Florida. This should be on your reading list especially if you are among the millions who live on the beach and think Hurricane Irma was just a stroke of bad luck. This is our future and we will be affected by it regardless of our political beliefs on the merits of climate change. If you are a climate change denier at this point, don't bother reading this book. It may be better not knowing what the future holds for you, your children and your grandchildren.

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