The Flooded Earth

Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps

by Peter D. Ward

The Flooded Earth

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NASA astrobiologist Peter D. Ward delves into the future landscape of earth in the wake of the melting polar ice caps.

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In Flooded Earth, NASA astrobiologist Peter D. Ward argues that even if humans stopped all carbon dioxide emissions today, the oceans will still rise 3 feet by 2050, wreaking havoc on many coastal cities and their infrastructure. In the worst-case scenario, he says, the ice caps will melt and give way to global anarchy. After outlining possible geopolitical conflicts over the redistribution of territorial borders, energy and other resources, Ward offers a blueprint for moving

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