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Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change

Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, and Keith C. Pilkey


Melting ice sheets and warming oceans are causing the seas to rise. By the end of this century, hundreds of millions of people living at low elevations along coasts will be forced to retreat to higher and safer ground. Because of sea-level rise, major storms will inundate areas farther inland and will lay waste to critical infrastructure, such as water-treatment and energy facilities, creating 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 ... More

Keywords: Retreat (from the shoreline), Sea-level rise, Global climate change, Environmental refugees, Climate change deniers, Shoreline retreat (erosion)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231168441
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231168441.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Orrin H. Pilkey, author
Duke University

Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, author

Keith C. Pilkey, author