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Under fire and under water : wildfire, flooding, and the fight for climate resilience in the American West / Bruce E. Cain.

By: Series: The Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series ; volume 16Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2023Edition: First editionDescription: viii, 157 pages : illustrations ; 23 cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
  • 9780806193205
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 363.34/720978 23/eng/20230816
LOC classification:
  • GB5010 .C35 2023
Other classification:
  • POL044000 | NAT036000
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Includes index.

Foreword / by Carl B. Albert -- Introduction. A wicked problem in a troubled political time -- Distinctive Western features -- Climate creep and drought policy cycles -- Wildfire terror and policy sparks -- Reluctant resilience: Coastal threats and delayed solutions -- The paths of water and energy governance -- Conclusion. A more resilient West?

"Explores the psychological, social, and institutional obstacles-beyond political partisanship-that have hindered decarbonization and slowed progress in meeting the challenges of extreme weather in the West"-Provided by publisher"-- Provided by publisher.

"Epic wildfire. Devastating drought. Cataclysmic flooding. Extreme weather in the wake of climate change threatens to turn the American West into a region hostile to human habitation-a "Great American Desert," as early US explorers once mislabeled it. As Bruce E. Cain suggests in this timely book, the unique complex of politics, technology, and logistics that once won the West must be rethought and reconfigured to win it anew in the face of a widespread accelerating threat. The challenges posed by increasingly extreme weather in the West are complicated by the region's history, the deliberate fractiousness of the American political system, and the idiosyncrasies of human behavior-all of which Cain considers, separately and together, in Under Fire and Under Water. He analyzes how, in spite of coastal flooding and spreading wildfires, people continue to move into, and even rebuild in, risky areas; how local communities are slow to take protective measures; and how individual beliefs, past adaptation practices and infrastructure, and complex governing arrangements across jurisdictions combine to flout real progress. Driving Cain's analysis is the conviction that understanding the habits and politics that lead to procrastination and obstruction is critical to finding solutions and making necessary adaptations to the changing climate. As a detailed look at the rising stakes and urgency of the various interconnected issues, this book is an important first step toward that understanding-and consequently toward the rethinking and reengineering that will allow people to live sustainably in the American West under the conditions of future global warming. "-- Provided by publisher.

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