Sea level rise will cause us to move

This article discusses the real possibility that a day of reckoning will come when some places in the U.S. become ‘all but inhabitable,’ making America ‘a nation of refugees.’

In his recent Rolling Stonearticle, “Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration,” Jeff Goodell helps the medicine go down with his compelling writing and thorough, unflinching research. In some places we simply won’t be able to adapt, he points out, and as cities like Miami, New Orleans, Houston, and Phoenix become all but inhabitable, millions of Americans will move. “Climate change is going to remap our world,” he writes. “We will learn that ‘retreat’ is not a dirty word. And we will become, more and more, a nation of refugees.”

Goodell’s 2017 book focusing on the complicated realities of coming sea-level rise is also excellent and well worth the time to read: The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World.

 

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