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The flooded earth : our future in a world without ice caps
Peter D. Ward
Adult Nonfiction GB2401.7 .W37 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Drawing from research on polar melting and current climate studies, paleontologist and NASA astrobiologist Ward (Under a Green Sky) depicts grim scenarios of the future as the ice caps melt away. Ward imagines Canadian indigenous people waging guerrilla warfare in 2030 on a government poisoning their bodies and ancestral lands with tars sands mining; Miami in 2120 as a lawless island abandoned by a federal government overwhelmed with building dikes to protect less doomed cities; topsoil from a dried-out Midwest being shipped in 2515 to an Antarctic Freehold State, one of the few locations where crops could still be grown; Bangladeshi refugees, fleeing their flooded nation after a 24-foot sea rise in 3004, being gunned down by Indian Border Security Forces. Ward assures us that it doesn't have to be this way and attempts a feeble optimism. He recommends a combination of lifestyle changes and technical solutions, although he warns that the latter are fraught with unknown perils. This is indisputably important information, but Ward's conclusion that hope is "perhaps itself a goal," makes for a depressing read. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Ward (biology, Univ. of Washington; Rare Earth, Out of Thin Air) paints a nightmarish portrait of what is likely to happen when sea levels rise owing to melting ice caps. As Greenland and Antarctica become free of ice, this portends dire predictions for cities situated near water. More frightening are the societal implications that accompany the level of devastation that such a dramatic rise in sea level would engender. Countries would have to decide which cities they could afford to support and try to save; Ward speculates that the U.S. government would have to abandon some "island" cities, such as Miami and New Orleans, in favor of metropolises like New York. This, of course, is based upon the economic projections that would precede this level of catastrophe. Written in a readable prose style that is understandable to lay readers, these scenarios are chilling, yet ring with the possibility of actually coming true. Ward also outlines steps we should be taking now to mitigate the worst of the disasters that could likely result. Verdict Highly recommended for anyone interested in the potentially calamitous ramifications of global warming.-Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley, Kansas City, MOÅ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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