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The Old Men and The Sea 2019: Sea Level Rise and The Geography of Risk

The Old Men and The Sea 2019: Sea Level Rise and The Geography of Risk

One year after Hurricane Florence hit New Hanover County, authors Gilbert M. Gaul and Orrin H. Pilkey have new books about sea level rise, climate change, and what it means for us here on the coast. They will be talking about the real-life implications: How did we get to this point with so much at risk and so few good choices? Can’t we engineer our way out of the problems the way they do in the Netherlands? Didn’t the federal government try to restrict risky building at the coast decades ago – what happened? Why is the federal government insuring beach houses and investment property? How did the Army Corps of Engineers get in the business of building beaches for millionaires? How high are the seas expected to rise? What should I do – raise my house, sell, retreat to higher ground? What is a rain bomb and why should I care?

The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas and the Costs of America’s Coasts, Farrar Straus and Giroux, September, 2019, by Gaul, and Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami on America’s Shores, Duke University Press, September, 2019, by Pilkey will be available for purchase. 

Gaul, 68, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and has been a Pulitzer Finalist four other times

Pilkey, 84, is the former director of marine geology at Duke University and the author of dozens of books on the coast 

Wednesday, Sep 25th 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Osprey Room
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