High Tide on Main Street

  • by John Englander
  • Narrated by John Englander
  • 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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Sea levels will rise for at least 1,000 years
Shorelines will shift significantly by 2050
Property values may start to decline this decade
Rising sea level is the most profound long-term aspect of climate change. Yet, the public is almost completely unaware of the magnitude of the problem. For three million years sea level regularly moved up and down almost 400 feet with the ice age cycles. Now, after 6,000 years of minimal change, we are entering a new era of rapid sea level rise. In clear, easy-to-understand language, this book explains:

The science behind sea level rise, plus the myths and partial truths used to confuse the issue
The surprising forces that will cause sea level to rise for 1,000 years, as well as the possibility of catastrophic rise this century
Why the devastating economic effects will not be limited to the coasts
Why coastal property values will go "underwater" long before the land does, perhaps as early as this decade
Five points of "intelligent adaptation" that can help individuals, businesses, and communities protect investments now and in the future


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Important knowledge

This book although startling at times and disturbing in other ways is a necessary call to citizens of this planet to address the issues of climate change. It is high time to stop the unproductive denial and silly debates over cause and effect and move to take action on real long term solutions to our situation. To quote Stan Laurel,"It's a fine mess you got us in now Ollie." Let's get to concerted effort to address this set of issues. Our kids and grandkids are needing us to lead now.
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- M. Thomas

Important Book

John Englander not only wrote a book that everyone concerned about climate change should read, he also did a great job reading it. My only complaint is that he is too optimistic. He has one chapter saying that the models might be wrong due to methane clathrates coming to the surface, but then assumes they are right for the rest of the book. Rising sea levels will cause a terrible refugee crisis that he doesn't stress enough. But rising sea levels need to be addressed by an expert, he is the one to do it, and he did it in this book.
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- Shawn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-21-2012
  • Publisher: The Science Bookshelf