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The geography of risk : epic storms, rising seas, and the costs of America's coasts

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This century has seen the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history―but who bears the brunt of these monster storms? Consider this: Five of the most expensive hurricanes in history have made landfall since 2005: Katrina (

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Honeoye Public Library 363.34 (Text)
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035 . ‡a(OCoLC)21749308
035 . ‡a(OCoLC)1082542432
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092 . ‡a363.34922 ‡bGAUL
1001 . ‡aGaul, Gilbert M, ‡eauthor.
24514. ‡aThe geography of risk : ‡bepic storms, rising seas, and the costs of America's coasts / ‡cGilbert M. Gaul.
250 . ‡aFirst edition.
264 1. ‡aNew York : ‡bSarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ‡c2019.
300 . ‡a286 pages : ‡billustrations, photographs ; ‡c24 cm.
336 . ‡atext ‡btxt ‡2rdacontent.
337 . ‡aunmediated ‡bn ‡2rdamedia.
338 . ‡avolume ‡bnc ‡2rdacarrier.
504 . ‡aIncludes bibliographical references (pages [255]-271) and index.
5050 . ‡aIntroduction: The Old Man and the Sea -- Part I: Building the modern coast -- Troubled waters -- 1. The deal of the century -- 2. Blue-collar houses -- 3. Manufacturing dirt -- 4. Five-high : the Ash Wednesday storm of 1962 -- Part II: The political economy of water -- 5. The Bantam mayor -- 6. A brief shining moment -- 7. The revolt at St. Francis -- 8. Tipping point -- Part III: Disaster capitalism : catastrophies, subsidies, and bailouts -- Acts of God and man -- 9. Federalizing disasters -- 10. A flood of trouble -- 11. The secret history of sand -- 12. The unluckiest island in America -- Part IV: The coming storm : fat tails, rising water, and the nature of risk -- 13. Building a better hurricane -- 14. A finger in the dike -- 15. Drowning fast and slow -- 16. The problem with the bays -- Epilogue: The future is now.
520 . ‡aThis century has seen the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history―but who bears the brunt of these monster storms? Consider this: Five of the most expensive hurricanes in history have made landfall since 2005: Katrina ( ‡160 billion), Ike ( ‡40 billion), Sandy ( ‡72 billion), Harvey ( ‡125 billion), and Maria ( ‡90 billion). With more property than ever in harm’s way, and the planet and oceans warming dangerously, it won’t be long before we see a ‡250 billion hurricane. Why? Because Americans have built ‡3 trillion worth of property in some of the riskiest places on earth: barrier islands and coastal floodplains. And they have been encouraged to do so by what Gilbert M. Gaul reveals in The Geography of Risk to be a confounding array of federal subsidies, tax breaks, low-interest loans, grants, and government flood insurance that shift the risk of life at the beach from private investors to public taxpayers, radically distorting common notions of risk. These federal incentives, Gaul argues, have resulted in one of the worst planning failures in American history, and the costs to taxpayers are reaching unsustainable levels. We have become responsible for a shocking array of coastal amenities: new roads, bridges, buildings, streetlights, tennis courts, marinas, gazebos, and even spoiled food after hurricanes. The Geography of Risk will forever change the way you think about the coasts, from the clash between economic interests and nature, to the heated politics of regulators and developers.
650 0. ‡aHurricanes ‡xEconomic aspects ‡zUnited States.
650 0. ‡aHurricane damage ‡zUnited States.
650 0. ‡aCoastal zone management ‡zUnited States.
650 0. ‡aCoastal settlements ‡zUnited States.
650 0. ‡aCoast changes ‡zUnited States.
650 0. ‡aSea level ‡zUnited States.
650 0. ‡aShore protection ‡zUnited States.
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