The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

Calendar 10 May 2019
Time 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm. Registration from 2.30pm, seated by 3.00pm 
Location National Museum Gallery Theatre, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
Calendar Office Attire
rsvp Free event. RSVP required.
cpd 2 SIP CPD pts, 1 SILA CPD pts, 1 QECP PDU pts, 2 ABC Water Professional PDU pts, 1 PEB PDU pts

Seats at the National Museum Gallery Theatre are available on a first come first serve basis. Please be seated 10 minutes before lecture begins.


Lecture Poster (220 KB)
Lecture Slides by Mr Jeff Goodell (6.5MB)

Lecture Photos

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A renowned investigative journalist and contributing editor to Rolling Stone, Jeff Goodell has over 20 years’ experience covering a wide range of topics from politics, technology, crime, to technology and environmental issues. Since the early 2000, he dedicated his time researching and writing on environmental issues, and has published three critically acclaimed books on important environmental issues. “Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future” was awarded the David R. Brower Award from the Sierra Club in 2012, for its outstanding environmental editing. “How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate” won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit. His latest book, “The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World”, featuring extensive interviews with scientists, climate change leaders and former US President Barack Obama, was published in 2017 and was soon rated a New York TimesCritics’ Top Book of 2017, one of Booklist’s Top 10 Science Books of 2017, and one of Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017. Sea levels are projected to rise fast in the coming decades, with profound implications for virtually every coastal nation in the world, including Singapore. In this lecture, he will discuss the economic, environmental and political implications of rising seas and what cities around the world are doing to prepare for them.  Goodell will also report on a recent two-month-long trip he recently took to Antarctica with scientists who are studying the risk of sudden collapse of West Antarctic ice sheet.
“Jeff Goodell’s latest contribution to the environmental cause paints an eye-opening portrait of humankind’s dilemma as temperatures – and sea levels – continue to rise.The Water Will Come brings together compelling anecdotes from all over the globe and shocking expert assessments that should make the world’s few remaining skeptics reconsider.” (John F. Kerry, former US Secretary of State)



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Jeff Goodell
Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone
Author, The Water will Rise

Jeff Goodell received a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.F.A. from the Columbia University. Goodell began his career as a journalist, and has over 20 years’ journalist experience covering a wide range of topics, ranging from politics, technology, crime, to climate scientists and internet billionaires. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and Yale E360, and has published in The New Republic and Wired. Through years of research, Goodell has established himself as an expert to write on climate change, rising sea level and energy issues, and he actively calls for urgent actions to address climate issues. He serves on the board of the McHarg Centre at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and was on New America Fellowship from 2016 to 2017.

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Dr Winston Chow
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
National University of Singapore/p>

Dr Winston Chow is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the National University of Singapore researching on how cities affect weather & climate, and how weather & climate affects cities. He is a Principal Investigator for the Cooling Singapore initiative , and was recently selected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to be a Lead Author for their Cities chapter in the Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Change due in 2021. He enjoys talking and writing about these research issues, and he tweets sporadically on many topics (unrelated to climate change) at @winstontlchow


"Sea Level Rise" image credit to NPS Climate Change Response from flickr