American Exodus

American Exodus

Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

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Some scientists predict the sea will rise 1.5 meters before 2100, but rapidly melting polar ice caps could make the real amount much higher. In the coming century, intensifying storms will batter our coasts, and droughts and heat events will be annual threats. All this will occur as population grows, and declining water resources desiccate agriculture. What will happen when the United States cannot provide food or fresh water for the overheated, overcrowded cities where 80% of Americans currently live?

The good news is that this overall decline of habitability in the mid-latitudes will be matched by increases in the carrying capacity of sparsely populated lands above the 49th parallel. This phenomenon suggests that waves of environmental refugees will travel poleward as southern conditions worsen. Our northern lands are our Noah's ark-a vital refuge against the moment of mankind's greatest need.

In this compelling cautionary tale, Slade argues that we are entering a long period of global desperation which will be characterized by human migration on an unprecedented scale. American Exodus is a frighteningly believable survey of our immediate future, but it ends on a note of hope: we may yet survive the coming century of climatic change if we act now to safeguard our shelter of last resort.

Publisher: Gabriola, BC :, New Society Publishers,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780865717497
Branch Call Number: ANF 304.80973 SLA
Characteristics: xv, 271 pages ; 23 cm

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rswcove
Dec 07, 2015

I'll be honest. I didn't read much of this book. I started it. Then i scanned it. And then I turned to the sections in which I was most interested and read them. The books seems well researched and well written. However, I already understand and agree with its premise and argument. As such, I only read the portions that were unfamiliar to me. I would recommend this book however, but I can't claim to have read it fully or deeply- so do take that into account. But what I read made sense and matched my own conclusions.

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scrubble4
Nov 01, 2013

I am on the hold list, as the book is not yet in, but I want to commend our library for ordering it. As I write this it is November 1st and the book will be published November 5th. Great work library staff! From the reviews I think this will be an important book for all Canadian to read as the climate bell tolls throughout the world.

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