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The Water Will Come

Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

by Jeff Goodell

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The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
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    Oct 2017, 352 pages
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    Aug 2018, 352 pages

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Journalist Jeff Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to illustrate vivid scenes from what is already becoming a water world.

Standing in a Manhattan neighborhood after Hurricane Sandy, Jeff Goodell, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, smelled mold and noticed high waterlines marking shop windows. He saw trees broken, cars abandoned, businesses closed, and lots of debris. In the prologue to The Water Will Come, he says: "I have been writing about climate change for more than a decade, but seeing the flooding on the Lower East Side made it visceral for me." The book provides historical background on climate change, introduces the work of climatologists, and describes the many costs associated with rising oceans. Goodell writes, "Sea-level rise is one of the central facts of our time, as real as gravity. It will reshape our world in ways most of us can only dimly imagine."

Even if in the United States, the discussion about climate change continues to be framed as a debate, Goodell isn't arguing its ...

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