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American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Some scientists predict the sea will rise one and a half meters before 2100, but rapidly melting polar ice caps could make the real amount much higher. In the coming century, intensifying storms will batter our coasts, and droughts and heat events will be annual threats. All this will occur as population grows, and declining water resources desiccate agriculture. What will ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by New Society Publishers (first published October 18th 2013)
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Matt Jacques
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Highly interesting and engaging book on a topic of much-needed discussion. Given the scope and scale of climate change, and learning from past instances of climate and economic collapse, what should North Americans reasonably prepare for in terms of human migration over the coming century?

Unfortunately the book suffers from two frustrating strikes against it. First, very little of the book is spent discussing forward-looking migration scenarios. You can't fault the author for "leaving the best
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Logan Spader
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: futurology
The book is packed with an epic amount of climate related research. I believe I need to move to Canada NOW so that I am not stuck being one of the millions of refugees that will be battling their way northward in the coming years.

The author could have made the book a lot shorter. Each point was drawn out beyond necessity but maybe that is why I now have such a strong desire to get the hell out of here before it is too late.
Chris Chester
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Of course, I know about climate change. I've been taught it exists since I was a child, and I was fortunate to live in a community that embraced that truth. Even so, American Exodus was a nice prod in the posterior, reminding me of the scope and magnitude of the problem we face in the 21st century.

Giles Slade does an excellent job tying together the tales of climate change and climate migration. The same phenomenon that happened in the wake of the Dust Bowl is the same thing that is happening no
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Joan Porter
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A must read. Well researched and written. Provides a clear view of the effects of climate change in North America.
Peter
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A dismal prophecy
Richard Thompson
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best1014, non-fiction
Giles' thesis is that climate change is soon going to make life intolerable across much of the American south and southwest and very tough along the Eastern Seaboard and the coast of California. When that happens, people will be on the move in a big way and a lot of them will be trying to find refuge in the interior of the continent and in Canada.

So very interesting bits of information that I hadn't come across before:
> the fact that, although they don't make a bit splash in the media, heat wave
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Ryan
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A forward looking synthesis of a wife range of disciplines to support his idea of Americans moving to Canada in the face of the evolving climate crisis. I lover his treatment of Okies as the first climate refugees and his case that Mexican immigration is - in part - due to climate change. While it was written with noticeable joie de vivre and creativity his final chapters rely a bit too much on IPCC reports without directing the reader to a many additional research/ers. I often found myself wond ...more
Richard
This book is the focus of a little long-form journalism over at Pacific Standard magazine: Doughtlandia. ...more
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