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Main Title A new coast : strategies for responding to devastating storms and rising seas /
Author Peterson, Jeffrey L.,
Publisher Island Press,
Year Published 2019
OCLC Number 1091846621
ISBN 9781642830125; 1642830127
Subjects Shore protection. ; Climate change mitigation.
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ESBM Newport TC330.P484 2019 CPHEA/PESD Library/Corvallis,OR 04/13/2020
ESBM Newport TC330.P484 2019 4 Copies CPHEA/PESD Library/Corvallis,OR 03/16/2020 STATUS
Collation xv, 386 pages : illustrations, charts ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-372) and index.
Contents Notes
More severe storms and rising seas will inexorably push the American coastline inland with profound impact on communities, infrastructure, and natural systems. In A New Coast, Jeffrey Peterson draws a comprehensive picture of how storms and rising seas will change the coast. Peterson offers a clear-eyed assessment of how governments can work with the private sector and citizens to be better prepared for the coming coastal inundation. Drawing on four decades of experience at the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Senate, Peterson presents the science behind predictions for coastal impacts. He explains how current policies fall short of what is needed to effectively prepare for these changes and how the Trump Administration has significantly weakened these efforts. While describing how and why the current policies exist, he builds a strong case for a bold, new approach, tackling difficult topics including: how to revise flood insurance and disaster assistance programs; when to step back from the coast rather than build protection structures; how to steer new development away from at-risk areas; and how to finance the transition to a new coast. Key challenges, including how to protect critical infrastructure, ecosystems, and disadvantaged populations, are examined. Ultimately, Peterson offers hope in the form of a framework of new national policies and programs to support local and state governments. He calls for engagement from the private sector and local and national leaders in a (3z(Bcampaign for a new coast.(3y (BA New Coast is a compelling assessment of the dramatic changes that are coming to America’s coast. Peterson offers insights and strategies for policymakers, planners, and business leaders preparing for the intensifying impacts of climate change along the coast.