Columbia University Press
On Sale: May 24, 2016
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Non-Fiction Political | Non-Fiction
With its 28-foot storm surge and 174 mph winds, 2005's
Hurricane Katrina was responsible for nearly 2,000 deaths
and more than $100 billion in damage. The event was only a
preview of what will soon hit coastal communities as climate
change increases the power of storms that can lay waste to
critical infrastructure, such as water-treatment and energy
facilities, and create vast, irreversible pollution by
decimating landfills and toxic-waste sites. This
big-picture, policy-oriented book explains in gripping terms
what rising oceans will do to coastal cities and the drastic
actions we need to take now to remove vulnerable populations.
The authors detail specific threats faced by Miami, New
Orleans, New York, and Amsterdam. Aware of the overwhelming
social, political, and economic challenges that would
accompany effective action, they consider the burden to the
taxpayer and the logistics of moving landmarks and
infrastructure, including toxic-waste sites. They also show
readers the alternative: thousands of environmental
refugees, with no legitimate means to regain what they have
lost. The authors conclude with effective approaches for
addressing climate-change denialism and powerful arguments
for changing U.S. federal coastal-management policies.
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