Climate change is causing larger and more frequent weather disasters.
Floods are the most frequent and costly in the United States, causing $17 billion annually in damages between 2010 and 2018--and experts predict damages will double by 2051. How should we respond?
Climate change expert Bill Becker argues we should not respond by building more flood-control structures like dams, levees, and seawalls. That was the policy of the last century. The nation's 92,000 dams and 30,000 miles of levees are aging and insufficient to stop the floods we see today. More than 100 million Americans are now at risk.
The Creeks Will Rise: People Coexisting with Floods makes a compelling case that we must begin collaborating with nature. Wherever possible, communities should help flood-prone families move to safer places. We should return the land to rivers and oceans and restore the wetlands, coastal marshes, and other ecosystems that provide natural flood protection.
Becker writes from experience. He helped move a flood-prone community to higher ground forty years ago. He has since worked with scores of flooded communities to help them plan their recoveries.
We must collaborate with nature rather than trying to control it.
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- William S. Becker
- Foreword by:
- Bill McKibben
- ISBN 10:
- Chicago Review Press - Fulcrum
- Publication Date:
- September 7, 2021