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These stories are told in a fashion similar to, "World War Z", with the author interviewing various people from around the world for first-hand accounts of the effects of global warming. Some of these accounts are truly terrifying. People die. Billions of people died. At one point, someone makes an off-hand comment that the current population is 3 billion. The comment is never addressed, but when you realize the population today is 7 billion (and rising), the full effect of the disaster hits you in the gut--hard.
I wish the members of congress would read this book, especially those who claim global warming is a hoax or that God will save the planet. I don't know if these people are just stupid, corrupt, or truly don't believe in climate change. I think the first two are the most likely scenarios. When money is at stake--lots of money--corrupt people do stupid things in their own self-interest. Throughout the world, republicans in the US are pretty much the only ones who don't admit to believing in climate change although the proof is staring them in the face. Unfortunately, they also have a lot of power. If a republican President is elected, we can all kiss the world goodbye.
Our descendants (if any survive) will hate us (as they do in the book) for not doing anything to address this problem. It has been well-known for decades when there was still time for us to do something to stop it. We didn't. And this book may address the consequences of this inaction perfectly. Or it could be worse.
Written in 2010, Here in 2015 we already see the parallel to the books "America First" (Fascist) party coming to power with a promise to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and to export all of the current Mexican immigrants. (Donald Trump, anyone?). The book goes on to detail the massive spying, police and security machine developed and conjoined with Homeland Security to export all of the Mexicans. And of course that once they were exported it didn't stop there, because the troubles that were blamed on the Mexicans (Unemployment, low pay, etc) didn't go away that they started rounding up 'possible second and third generation immigrants'.
Other elements are also coming true now, also (much sooner that the event dates in the book), about Middle East wars spreading, in part because of lack of resources, and the wave of immigrants moving into Europe as a result.
Fascinating (and terrifying) to read again several years after it's publication.
Each of the narratives is presented as an interview with one of the observant individuals in one country or another. The author translates his extensive knowledge of the earth sciences into vivid pictures of rising sea levels, extreme weather, flooded coastal cities, disappearing glaciers, empty rivers and diminished crop yields that impact global civilization. Of course, it means the end of golf too. No water to waste.
As a science-fiction novel it is entertaining as well as informative. You may find yourself thinking about various countries, like Bangladesh, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Tuvalu (yes, its real), India and Pakistan, and several states in the USA as you have never thought of them before. Namely, in terms of their topographic exposure to sea level risks, dependency on foreign water supplies and much more.
The book also explores how present-day geopolitical situations may be exacerbated to the extreme by the effects of human-accelerated climate change: the Arab-Israel situation, Pakistan-India disputes, Mexico-USA border issues. Whatever your view on global warming and its causes, if it's real then this author has the credentials and vision to portray the complex and interrelated consequences for our world and civilization.
What is missing is any discussion, preface or afterword that addresses the current controversy, with the sole exception of a short final paragraph. However, the author has several other excellent non-fiction books on the subject that cover the science of global warming. I rate this book 4 stars with one deducted over lack of background on climate change and global warming for those unfamiliar (well, there might be one or two).