Eight possible future scenarios, all based on solid scientific research, form the basis of this well written book by Gwynne Dyer, a respected journaliEight 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 administration for years was actively denying human caused climate change or that it was going to have any dramatic affect, but behind-the-scenes the Pentagon was already working to deal with the probable effects of climate change.
Dyer spent a year interviewing a wide range of people, including scientists, politicians, academics, businessmen and high-ranking military officials for Climate Wars, quoting them as part of his analysis. The depth of research is clear in both his speculative scenarios and in his conclusions, which are backed up by current scientific studies and IPCC reports. Make no mistake, this is a chilling read. While humanity continues on its wasteful and destructive path, there is little optimism that our civilisation will survive in it’s present form. Yet there is some hope, albeit presented with caution, particularly where radical engineering solutions are concerned. A lot will depend on politicians worldwide setting aside their local interests and working together for the benefit of humanity and the planet as a whole. A highly recommended read for anyone concerned about climate change, but especially those in positions of power and influence....more