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Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map

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In a perfect storm, the environment, the global economic system and geopolitics are all undergoing rapid, uncontrolled change. In the same way that the climate is in a state of flux, exhibiting erratic behavior before settling into a new norm, in the wake of the global economic crisis, many of the assumptions about the Western economic system have been destroyed, which lea ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2010)
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Fidelis Satriastanti
Thanks to this book, I can now consider the non-environment/politics/economics books are 'light reading'. Seriously. However, I think this is a great book, it gives a very critical view on environment changes and its roles, on politics and economics. The argument presented on this book consists of two things :

1. People only consider on impacts of the environment but fail to include how environment can or will change people's lives. People often only mention what they can do to nature but neglec
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Dave Sippel
I didn't actually finish this book, as it was a library loan. I did get a good sense of what it was about, however. Paskal explains past societal collapses and catastrophes that were caused, at least in part, by climate change. One such example is the Sumerian civilization, which had an extensive irrigation system in the ancient Middle East. However, the irrigation had the side effect of bleeding the rivers dry and creating desertification. This led to collapse of agriculture and increased socia ...more
Greg
May 05, 2015 Greg rated it liked it
The book reads like a series of articles from the Economist. It is a middle-brow book about the effects that a changing environment will have on international relations as well as a series of prescriptions for dealing with climate change. Nothing really new here, but it is a nice compendium.
Stirling Davenport
Mar 10, 2010 Stirling Davenport rated it it was amazing
This marvelous book is a must-read that gives a global perspective on the way that international corporations and governments are jockeying for control of the changing environment. Given the way that shipping lanes are already changing, coastlines and ports being eroded, rail lines becoming useless where permafrost is melting, changes in monsoon production from the Himalayan glaciers melting, and all the other effects of climate change, some companies are poised to make a huge amount of money. A ...more
John Olsthoorn
Jun 11, 2013 John Olsthoorn rated it it was amazing
Cleo's writing is crisp and clear, and effortless. Her work is well researched and well thought out. Although I much prefer the style of writing she uses for her wonderful travel pieces, it would not be really appropriate for this kind of work. Too bad, in a way, and no fault in it. Have a much better understanding of global warring after reading this book. Look forward to more from her.
Nils
Feb 02, 2014 Nils rated it it was ok
On the climate science, this book is entirely derivative, covering familiar stories in familiar ways; on the prescriptive side, it relies overly reliant on Paskal's mentors at the Galston Institute, a neo-eugenicist outfit
Craig
Jun 08, 2010 Craig rated it liked it
Nothing particularly new here, but the author breaks down the pending effects on the Pacific islands and the resultant geopolitical fallout very well.
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