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Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats Hardcover – June 1, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Civil war in China and the collapse of the European Union by 2045; nuclear strikes between India and Pakistan in 2036; people being blown up by land mines and machine-gunned by automatic weapons at a sealed U.S./Mexican border in 2029—these are just some of the terrifying climate change scenarios forecast by journalist and geopolitical analyst Dyer (The Mess They Made). His apocalyptic predictions are drawn from unimpeachable sources: climate experts like NASA scientist James Hanson and Angela Merkel's climate change adviser, Dr. Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; military and political sources including former CIA head James Woolsey. Even Dyer's most optimistic scenario is barely cause for celebration: humanity manages to curb global warming enough to save itself, but only after several million deaths and countless disasters. The multitude of sources and the political perspective on global warming make the book scarier and more convincing than the usual predictions limited to climate and weather. Environmentalists will likely be horrified and even more depressed than they are already, but we can hope that Dyer's sources are impressive enough to convince policy makers to take serious action. (June)
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"Terrifying is just one of the words to leap off the page." --Bookseller
"Gwynne Dyer is one of the few who are both courageous enough to tell the unvarnished truth, and have the background to understand, not misrepresent the inputs. This book does a superb job of detailing the emerging realities of Climate/Energy. These realities are not pretty." --Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist at NASA
"This is a truly important and timely book. Gwynne Dyer has made the best and most plausible set of guesses I have yet seen about the human consequences of climate change, of how drought and heat may ignite wars, even nuclear wars, around the globe." --James Lovelock, award-winning scientist, inventor, and originator of the "Gaia" hypothesis
"The current debate on climate change is mostly on its future effects, but few are brave enough to work out what they might be. Here is a lively, alarming and even entertaining attempt to look ahead. Water and war have always been associated. We need hope as well as good sense in looking at the future. Here it is." --Sir Crispin Tickell, former Chairman of both the Board of the Climate Institute of Washington DC and the International Institute for Environment and Development
"Anyone still complacent about climate change will find Climate Wars instructive and disturbing. These articulate insights into climate geopolitics by Gwynne Dyer are an important tool for understanding why the climate challenge is big, hard, and vital to human survival -- yet soluble if we pay attention now." --Amory B. Lovins, Time magazine's Hero of the Environment, author of Capitalism as if the World Matters, and Chairman & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
"Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats has been called 'a truly important and timely book,' but I'd go further. I'll say this may be the most important book you'll read this year." --Mickey Z, planet green
"[Dyer] eloquently explores the `grim detail' of how governments will grapple with a challenge unprecedented since before there were governments. You won't find this stuff in any IPCC report... It makes for a good read." -- New Scientist
"Frightening yet essential reading." -- Library Journal
"Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats has been called 'a truly important and timely book,' but I'd go further. I'll say this may be the most important book you'll read this year." -- Mickey Z on Planet Green
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Dyer's book is, I think, the best. At least, one of the very small handful of "must-read" books.
This is not because the science he recounts is especially prescient or cutting-edge. It isn't--although it is completely up to date. He recounts interviews with leading scientists, and nothing regarding the science is lacking. But he brings something to the table that no-one else has.
Briefly, Dyer explains how the politics--more specifically, conflicts arising from shrinking resources--of/due to climate change will greatly complicate our ability to respond. Our window of opportunity to act on this planetary crisis will close soon, and it will close because food shortages, especially, but also other problems occasioned by climate change, will make it difficult, at first, and then impossible for governments to cooperate.
And without international cooperation, we are doomed. Because it is, after all, a global crisis. Requiring a global solution.
By all means, read the relevant works by McKibben, Kolbert, Flannery, Hansen, Gore, etc etc. But read this first, because it captures the geopolitical aspects like no other tome; and it is the politics that will make or break us.
My title was meant to be hyperbolic in order to counter the previous review, which I considered entirely unwarranted. However, this is indeed a great book, and a chilling warning to humanity.
Especially the US Navy!