This is an intriguing book as it deals with an obvious global problem (sea-level rise) and presents a logical solution (retreat from the shore) before major worldwide calamities occur. The stance of the book is politically correct and strongly opinionated, but that should not be regarded as detraction from the message. Positionalities of the authors are clear, and whether one agrees is not the point. Parsing ‘the medium is the message' (a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan), this book has plenty of content, the message of which intends to direct or influence human action. The message here is that too many people live too close to shores that are moving landward due to sea-level rise. Contextually, the implication is that humans build permanent structures on shores that are being transgressed by rising sea levels, and, given the perception that sea level will...
Research Article| November 01 2016
Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change
Pilkey, O.H.; Pilkey-Jarvis, L., and Pilkey, K.C., 2016. Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change. New York: Columbia University Press, 214p. $US 25.55, color illustrations.
Journal of Coastal Research (2016) 32 (6): 1510–1511.
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Charles W. Finkl; Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change. Journal of Coastal Research 1 November 2016; 32 (6): 1510–1511. doi: https://doi.org/10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-16A-00013.1
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