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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 traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctica and each tick upward of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster.

By century's end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world's shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world's major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Engineering projects to hold back the water are bold and may buy some time. Yet, despite international efforts and tireless research, there is no permanent solution - no barriers to erect or walls to build - that will protect us in the end from the drowning of the world as we know it.

The Water Will Come is the definitive account of the coming water, why and how this will happen, and what it will all mean. As he travels across 12 countries and reports from the front lines, acclaimed journalist Jeff Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world.

©2017 Jeff Goodell (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"In this engaging book, environmental writer Goodell points out that while sea levels have always risen and fallen, the current rise is driven primarily by the dramatically accelerating melting of the arctic ice caps, and with so many cities on seashores, this will be devastating." ( Booklist)
"Jeff Goodell has taken on some of the most important issues of our time, from coal mining to geoengineering. In The Water Will Come, he explains the threat of sea level rise with characteristic rigor and intelligence. The result is at once deeply persuasive and deeply unsettling." (Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author of The Sixth Extinction)

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The coming deluge

Goodell paints a pretty compelling grim picture of what is going to happen to worlds coastlines and and islands over the the coming decades. Disturbing reporting, even more disturbing that nobody seems to give a damn.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Engaging book, well told

This book actually filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge about Global warming. Easy listen, artfully written.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A must hear.

I thought I knew enough about the serious issues facing our planet at least as far as climate change goes and sea level rise. This book is interesting well researched and very informative. I highly recommend it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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What Global Warming Will Do

There is a lot of terribly important information here. Goodell is very convincing that the world is in big trouble. The book rambles slightly, and the reader mispronounces several names. But it's very much worth listening to.

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Science doesn’t care about beliefs

This book will help you understand what rising seas will actually look like. And it was written BEFORE the 2017 hurricane season.

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Enlightening for future evolution and action

Opened up my mind about future living. it was a book full of Truth... rather than what we mostly here and the times we're living through. It'll take all of us talking this up.

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dog whistles

boring, snoozefest of no solutions just dog whistels and names of cities on the coast

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