American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

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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 happen when the United States cannot provide food or fresh water for the overheated, overcrowded cities where 80 percent of Americans currently live?

The good news is that this overall decline of habitability in the mid-latitudes will be matched by increases in the carrying capacity of sparsely populated lands above the 49th parallel. This phenomenon suggests that waves of environmental refugees will travel poleward as southern conditions worsen. Our northern lands are our Noah's ark—a vital refuge against the moment of mankind's greatest need.

In this compelling cautionary work, Giles Slade argues that we are entering a long period of global desperation which will be characterized by human migration on an unprecedented scale. American Exodus is a frighteningly believable survey of our immediate future, but it ends on a note of hope: we may yet survive the coming century of climatic change if we act now to safeguard our shelter of last resort.

Giles Slade is the award-winning author of Made to Break and The Big Disconnect. A recovering academic with advanced degrees in rhetoric and literature, he is regularly published in a variety of print and online journals.


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SEEKING HIGHER GROUND – HOW RISING GLOBAL TEMPERATURES
WILL LEAD TO UNPRECEDENTED WAVES OF HUMAN MIGRATION

An engagingly eclectic meditation on the century to come, and the dramatic changes for which our countries and their leaders are woefully unprepared.---Chris Wood journalist and author, Down the Drain: How We Are Failing To Protect Our Water Resources

Slade shows that migration has been an outcome of climate changes since the early 20th century, and projects that future American migration to Canada for survival is a likely scenario based on his rich analysis of the human migratory history of North America. ---Sing C. Chew, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and Editor, Nature + Culture

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Across North America, rising sea levels, devastating droughts and superstorms will diminish agricultural and economic output by two thirds and ravage the habitability of our continent. What will happen when the United States cannot provide food or fresh water for the overheated, overcrowded cities where 80% of Americans currently live?

The good news is that the overall decline of habitability in the mid-latitudes will be matched by increases in the carrying capacity of sparsely populated lands above the 49th parallel. This suggests that waves of environmental refugees will travel poleward as southern conditions worsen. A compelling cautionary tale, American Exodus argues that mankind can survive the coming century of climate chaos if we act now to preserve our northern shelter of last resort.
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Holding this book should feel like being touched by a cattle prod. But most of us have hides too thick to feel the shock and we will need several more, of ever-higher voltage, before we heed its message. For those with thinner skins, read it and be prepared.---Clive Hamilton, author of Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering
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Giles Slade is the award-winning author of Made to Break and The Big Disconnect. A recovering academic with advanced degrees in rhetoric and literature, he is regularly published in a variety of print and online journals.
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|SEEKING HIGHER GROUND HOW RISING GLOBAL TEMPERATURES
WILL LEAD TO UNPRECEDENTED WAVES OF HUMAN MIGRATION

An engagingly eclectic meditation on the century to come, and the dramatic changes for which our countries and their leaders are woefully unprepared.---Chris Wood journalist and author, Down the Drain: How We Are Failing To Protect Our Water Resources

Slade shows that migration has been an outcome of climate changes since the early 20th century, and projects that future American migration to Canada for survival is a likely scenario based on his rich analysis of the human migratory history of North America. ---Sing C. Chew, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and Editor, Nature + Culture



Across North America, rising sea levels, devastating droughts and superstorms will diminish agricultural and economic output by two thirds and ravage the habitability of our continent. What will happen when the United States cannot provide food or fresh water for the overheated, overcrowded cities where 80% of Americans currently live?

The good news is that the overall decline of habitability in the mid-latitudes will be matched by increases in the carrying capacity of sparsely populated lands above the 49th parallel. This suggests that waves of environmental refugees will travel poleward as southern conditions worsen. A compelling cautionary tale, American Exodus argues that mankind can survive the coming century of climate chaos if we act now to preserve our northern shelter of last resort.


Holding this book should feel like being touched by a cattle prod. But most of us have hides too thick to feel the shock and we will need several more, of ever-higher voltage, before we heed its message. For those with thinner skins, read it and be prepared.---Clive Hamilton, author of Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering


Giles Slade is the award-winning author of Made to Break and The Big Disconnect. A recovering academic with advanced degrees in rhetoric and literature, he is regularly published in a variety of print and online journals.

About the Author:

Giles Slade is an award winning environmentalist concerned about the diminishing quality of life that awaits his children under climate change. His rich and colorful history also includes stints as a college lecturer, a Harlequin adventure novel writer, an illegal alien, a convicted felon and a college professor. The father of three, Giles is a passionate believer in the vital importance of leaving the smallest possible environmental debt to be resolved and accommodated in our children's century. He is regularly published in a variety of other print and online journals. He is the author of Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America and The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness.

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