The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World.
As Elizabeth Kolbert says, this book is “deeply persuasive and deeply unsettling”.
It is Jeff Goodell’s latest attempt to convince the few remaining climate change skeptics by traveling the world, speaking to eye-witnesses on the front lines of change and the scientists who have been studying this for decades. One of those scientists, Jason Box, has gone to Greenland every year to study the changes, and has been interviewed by Peter Sinclair. (Remember him from our own forums on green renewable energy?)
Goodell tackles everything from the impact of fossil fuels, to climate apartheid, salinization of soils and drinking water, and the inundation of modern coastal cities and military sites.
Rising seas are re-shaping our world and will change our way of life forever. Old-fashioned engineering will only be temporary and the billions needed will be wasted.
There is no permanent solution other than working within nature’s rules.
Will we heed the warnings and change our thinking? That remains to be seen.
Highly recommended this month is a book that was written by Dan Egan: “ The Death and Life of the Great Lakes”, just published in 2017. This is a good companion reader and update on Jeff Alexander’s book, “Pandora’s Locks” which was published in 2009.
The author describes the ecological unraveling of 20% of the world’s fresh waters from the building of the earliest canals up to the present, including, mistakes by the EPA and the effects of Climate Change.
He also describes how the remedies for each malady or intrusion turned out to have consequences no one anticipated. Check out the latest on quagga and zebra mussels, the 3 varieties of Asian Carp, and the effects of toxic algae.
Both authors talk about the unplanned ecological experiments with the goal of growth at any cost. Ben Franklin in 1746 warned, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”
Looking for solutions from the natural world are critically important for the healing and health of the lakes. The authors offer a hopeful solution. Will we heed them?
A footnote: Dan Egan will be in Elk Rapids for Green Elk Rapids Days this coming summer.
Watch for the date and details.