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The Ultimate Slow Emergency: Sea Level Rise

Aired 4/3/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


John Englander is an oceanographer, a former CEO of both the Costeau Society and the International Seakeepers Society. He is author of the book High Tide on Main Street.


"High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Levels and the Coming Coastal Crisis" by oceanographer John Englander.

The one thing that may finally get people to stop debating about climate change and start taking action is the reality of rising sea levels.

That's the premise of the book High Tide on Main Street by John Englander.

Considering that two-thirds of the world's largest cities are located in low-elevation coastal zones, rising sea levels would undoubtedly attract a lot of attention.

As Englander outlines in his book, it's more that just rising sea levels. It's what the water can do when whipped up by the fury of a storm or powerful waves. Some of Englander's predictions were eerily realized when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast.

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philosopher3000 | April 3, 2013 at 11:07 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Why do we keep subsidizing these IDIOT DEVELOPERS who build expensive homes on a sandbar in a flood plane?

Within 50 years we wil have a major storm surge flood that will take out all of Mission Beach, most of Coronado, La Jolla Shores, Imperial Beach, Parts of Ocean Beach, Del Mar, and probably the flood the San Diego Convention Center, just like Qualcom Stadium last year. We need to stop letting these people buy 'investment properties' on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. What happens when the next Tsunami hits?

Are we supposed to bail out these rich real-estate speculators each time they fail?

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