The Flooded Earth
Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps
By Peter D. Ward
(Basic Books, Hardcover, 9780465009497, 272pp.)
Publication Date: June 8, 2010
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Rising sea levels will not extinguish humanity, but they will transform human life as we know it. An eminent scientist explains what our world will look like.
Peter D. Ward is a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including the highly acclaimed Rare Earth with Donald Brownlee. He has appeared in the PBS documentary Shape of Life and as chief scientist in Animal Armageddon, a multipart series on species extinction on Animal Planet. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
In his new book, Flooded Earth, Peter D. Ward argues that even if humans stopped all carbon dioxide emissions today, the oceans will still rise up to 3 feet by 2050, wreaking havoc on many coastal cities and their infrastructure. In the worst case scenario, Ward tells host Guy Raz, the world may see water levels rise as much as 65 feet by 2300 causing massive human migration and a spread of tropical diseases. More at NPR.org
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“NASA astrobiologist [Peter] Ward describes the disastrous changes that can be expected as sea levels continue their accelerating rise due to global warming… a blunt, vivid warning.” SALON.com“A beautifully written, thoroughly research and relentlessly terrifying work, and a must-read for anybody with an interest in the environment or the future of our planet.”