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Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  329 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Waves of climate refugees. Dozens of failed states. All-out war. From one of the world’s great geopolitical analysts comes a terrifying glimpse of the strategic realities of the near future, when climate change drives the world’s powers towards the cut-throat politics of survival. Prescient and unflinching, Climate Wars will be one of the most important books of the coming ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Oneworld Publications (first published January 1st 2008)
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Aug 10, 2016 Antonomasia rated it really liked it
[4.5] Fancy some bigger concerns as a distraction from the horrid new homepage?

I won’t be the only person whose Goodreads shelves aren’t an accurate reflection of all their interests and opinions, but it still seems weird that I only have ten “environment” books – it’s just a subject that since I was a kid in the 80s, I’ve mostly read about in newspapers and journals, as books go out of date so quickly. My knowledge has become bitty over the years: a lot of recent models seemed to be showing mor
Sep 27, 2010 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gwynne Dyer is a syndicated columnist who write on international affairs. His inquiry in this book is what are the likely scenarios should current predictions about climate change happen. Many people talk about climate change and what that will mean for the planet, but few have a clear-eyed view of what the implications of that are for individual countries, international relation, immigration, and the internal politics of the various states now on the globe. He looks to military planners and oth ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Consider this a study guide to learn about climate change. It provides some fairly outlandish scenarios (and historically defendable in premise) to guide the discussion and explain the history and research of the difficult topic. It should be read in light of other sources, however, to insure the dramatic license taken by the author does not deter the reader from internalizing its main points. It leaves recommendations of policy to us to determine for the future, but it effectively argues the ne ...more
Eight possible future scenarios, all based on solid scientific research, form the basis of this well written book by Gwynne Dyer, a respected journalist and military historian. Climate Wars imagines the future geopolitical consequences of climate change, and speculates how this will impact on societies around the world. War, famine, and mass population movements are all probable outcomes of a 2 degree plus rise in global temperatures. One very interesting point made early on is that the Bush adm ...more
Aug 05, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title "Climate Wars" hints at Dyer's contention that global warming will not be a benign phenomenon where things will continue as before. Rather like the human body, where a fever of only three and a half degrees Celcius is potentially fatal, an increase of only a few degrees can potentially cause massive changes in the earth's climate. The earth's biosphere appears to be more fine-tuned and fragile than we thought, and we have unknowingly pushed it far toward making the earth a far less hab ...more
Peter Levi
Mar 04, 2013 Peter Levi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish Dyer had used a less lurid title, but this is a fascinating book that looks at the military and political possibilities and outcomes of climate change. Dyer interviewed top generals and military experts from around the world (all of whom accept the reality of global warming) to see what the fallout might be.
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Consider this a study guide to learn about climate change. It provides some fairly outlandish scenarios (and historically defendable in premise) to guide the discussion and explain the history and research of the difficult topic. It should be read in light of other sources, however, to insure the dramatic license taken by the author does not deter the reader from internalizing its main points. It leaves recommendations of policy to us to determine for the future, but it effectivel
Apr 09, 2014 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most important book I have read in the last 5 years. I would recommend this to any and everybody on the planet that can read it outlines I'm number of different future scenarios of how will government and the people in this nation states will respond to climate change. Incredibly comprehensive scary and I could not put it down. Go out and buy this book right now. This is important for the left wing and the right wing and everybody in between. I accidentally stumbled across this book ...more
Mike Smith
Jul 29, 2011 Mike Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a sobering look at the geopolitical implications of global warming. Dyer takes as given that global warming is happening. If you don't accept that premise, you may find the book a waste of time. His main concern is that, on top of the physical changes (such as rising sea levels, changes in rainfall patterns leading to crop failiures, etc.), the political ramifications (such as massive migrations of refugees, breakdowns in global cooperation, and maybe even wars) could prevent us from wor ...more
Andy Gibb
Apr 22, 2012 Andy Gibb rated it really liked it
...with the emphasis on survival. “Global society will live or die as a high-energy enterprise” in the closing hopeful (i.e. hope in the sense of someone else will sort it out) chapter drives home where Gwynne Dyer is coming from. Business as usual, with technology (or innovation) patching up the damage, will somehow deliver the same energy punch as cheap oil.

It's doubtful that any of coal, hydro, wind, sun, biofuel, geothermal (fill in the latest fad here) will suffice. Even the combination of
Graham Mulligan
Climate Wars
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Reviewed by Graham Mulligan

Gwynne Dyer’s projections of geopolitical scenarios set in the near future under the effects of disastrous climate change are scary reading. Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere plus an average increase in global warming above 2 degrees Celsius will combine with numerous negative consequences for human society.

Current CO2 level is 380 ppm (parts per million) – Kyoto (1988) (1997)
EU (European Union) ‘never exceed’ limi
Marius Marsh
Oct 08, 2012 Marius Marsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gwynne Dyer is a well known expert on war and the forces that lead to war. In this book he presents potential scenarios that could result from the climate changes that are occurring, as per the International Panel on Climate Change predictions. I say are occurring, as it is now absolutely obvious that climate change is occurring, and that it is also now abundantly clear that man made emissions are playing a very significant role in that change. Although MR. Dyer's scenarios may seem unrealistic ...more
Aug 29, 2013 Dwight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is scaring me more than anything that Stephen King ever wrote, but for entirely different reasons; Mr Dyer tells what is happening, how, and why, and goes on to explain that even though we have all the means necessary to correct the problem available to us now, nothing will be done in time to prevent disaster beyond imagination, simply because of political will and the human species' natural tendency to defer corrective action unless immediate results can be gained.
I am of the opinion that
Jan 16, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok for those who haven't read much about climate change, but a bit repetitive if you have. Also, I almost feel like the speculative scenarios about the sociopolitical reactions to the changing environment don't belong in non-fiction. Beyond 10 or 20 years out (and sometimes not even then) such speculation is fairly useless. Case in point: even 5 years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, most Serious People pooh-poohed the idea of the Soviet Union breaking up. I would have been much happier with ...more
Mark Earle
Dec 17, 2015 Mark Earle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
7 years on (since this book was written). Paris is finished. Where are we going and how will we get there? Dyer gives us some clues and never shrinks from the cold reality that we are only human. Highly recommended.
Alastaire Henderson
Gwynn Dyer is clear-eyed and unafraid to articulate what many are too fearful to face: that climate change will utterly transform our world in frequently violent,destructive ways. At the same time, he recognizes that there are so many variables - including a closing window in which to act to forestall the worst - that his scenarios are only that. The most disturbing of his predictions is that effective mitigative action is so politically difficult that we are going to need to undertake geo-engin ...more
Philippa Dowding
This book was recommended to me by my brother, as the one book that anyone should read if they are interested in the issue of climate change. Drawing on 25 years of award-winning journalism and study, Gwynne Dyer tells us how the world is changing now, and then hypothesizes the changes in store for everyone in the next 10, 20, 30, 40+ years. The book is a riveting, terrifying, and probably all-too-accurate glimpse into the crystal ball of our environmental future. According to Dyer, there's stil ...more
Terry Moore
Surprisingly incisive analysis of our climate crisis and the urgent need to decarbonize the global economy. Highlights the fact that the US military is miles ahead of US politicians in understanding the dangers in not addressing GHG induced global warming and the environmental crises that will be unleashed as the climate gets more extreme. Reviews a number of scenarios for how climate wars will play out in the absence of real decarbonization action. This book will chill you to the bones,i f your ...more
Feb 01, 2009 Ursina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody- a Must Read
Shelves: loved-it, 2009-read
This is one of the few climate books that I really liked for its presentation of facts. The author is not forcing his ideas on anybody and has clear back-up evidence. There is references and more than one opinion. A great book for anybody that can handle the truth about our world. The predictions don't scare me that much anymore, it's my future. Most people I know have moved on from "is global warming real or not" to "whats in store for us" and "how do we stop/slow it down". A great book.
Gwynne Dyer is one of my favorite historians, and his exploration into coming Climate Wars was enlightening and frightening.

Gwynne Dyer is a historian who not only knows his stuff, but knows how to write about it in a way that is not only interesting and thought-provoking, but also accessibly. So many historians have brilliant insights that get lost in an over technical and cold writing style, but this is never the case here.
Jul 12, 2011 Gagne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many people have stress what climate change will do to the earth, but not many stress what it will do the political borders of our countries and ideologies. Climate Wars, discuss possible scenarios that mass population, shifting eco systems, and changing mindsets will trigger. Also offers alternative views on how to prevent total disaster. Spoiler, most of his scenarios don't have a happy ending.
Garth Moore
Sep 09, 2010 Garth Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: climate
Four stars because Chaps 2 and 4 are worth a read for anyone who needs an understanding of why there is an urgency with addressing climate change; the global ramifications are immense. Some of the doomsday scenarios are a bit much (I did like an elderly George W. Bush using a video blog to plead for reason and ease Mexico/US tensions ... that would be mildly amusing). But overall, I enjoyed this book.
Jacquelyn Negraiff
So far so good. There is alot of information, numbers, quotes, data. But once you get into it, it's hard to put down. He's a good writer, and I saw him speak on a book tour in 200...8? (before it was released), I like that he is a journalist, and a pretty objective guy.

Well worth the read, opens ones eyes to the situation at hand on our planet, whether you 'believe in the science' or not.
Jul 28, 2011 Carolyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enviro, non-fic
I enjoyed the predictions of what would happen socially in the future. But a lot of the book discussed the science, which I already know. I was looking for different information about global climate change, but was disappointed. If you don't know very much about climate change, then this is probably a good book.
Jan 24, 2012 stinaz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone. Especially people interested in what climate change means for world politics.
Shelves: sustainability
Goes where others fear to tread by postulating about what might happen in a global and local political sense as countries and states react to the impact of climate change in the 21st century. A very interesting read that will open your eyes to more than just environmental consequences to our changing climate.
Sep 18, 2014 Sven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Een beschrijving van een mogelijke toekomst der mensheid indien we blijven voortdoen zoals we bezig zijn. De komende oorlogen zullen dan rond voedsel en water draaien, waarbij het vooral ieder voor zich zal zijn. Een toekomst waar we niet in willen leven.
Jun 18, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it
"People always raid before they starve". Dyer summarizes the science and posits hypothetical scenarios where mankind's dwindling resources leads to war. So pessimistic that he dismisses his own rosy scenario as a fantasy. He's probably right.
A fairly insightful book on the potential interactions of climate change and politics. Dyer uses eight very interesting future scenarios to introduce political issues surrounding and affecting climate change.
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Gwynne Dyer, OC is a London-based independent Canadian journalist, syndicated columnist and military historian.

Dyer was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (then the Dominion of Newfoundland) and joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve at the age of sixteen. While still in the naval reserve, he obtained a BA in history from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1963; an MA in military h
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