Climate Wars : How Peak Oil and the Climate Crisis Will Change Canada (And Our Lives)

Climate Wars : How Peak Oil and the Climate Crisis Will Change Canada (And Our Lives)

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From one of the world's great geopolitical analysts, a terrifying glimpse of the none-too-distant future, when climate change will force the world's powers into a desperate struggle for advantage and even survival.

Dwindling resources. Massive population shifts. Natural disasters. Spreading epidemics. Drought. Rising sea levels. Plummeting agricultural yields. Crashing economies. Political extremism. These are some of the expected consequences of runaway climate change in the decades ahead, and any of them could tip the world towards conflict. Prescient, unflinching, and based on exhaustive research and interviews, Climate Wars promises to be one of the most important books of the coming years.
Publisher: Random House of Canada 2009
ISBN: 9780307355843
Characteristics: 320 p.

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arc_uva_ursi
Apr 21, 2015

Gwynne Dyer is a very competent researcher and writer, with a background in military history and journalism. He has a very synthetic mind, and so can give a good account of the physics of climate change, and honest and capable exploration of possible consequences. He is easy to read, and speaks well - check out his interviews via the OPL site.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

Military historian Gwynne Dyer talked to scientists, politicians and soldiers about the geopolitical effects of global warming and came up with some plausible scenarios for the next 50 years. The strategic problem is food and the consequences of not acting quickly are dire. The military in the United States and Canada are already making contingency plans. He is not very optimistic that governments today will be able, or willing, to act quickly enough. A compelling read.

AnneDromeda Sep 28, 2010

I wish everyone would read this book. Dyer's voice is as strong here as ever - he cuts through the bull and gets straight to the point with lots of interviews, research and gallows humour (which, believe me, you'll need - this is a GRIM read). Dyer is thoroughly realistic about the threat we face, our chances of meeting it with any success, and the moral hazards of some of the potential stop-gap solutions available through geo-engineering.

This is a good book for those not thoroughly versed in climate change science - although Dyer is cerebral, his writing is plain and clear. He does take time to explain concepts and unpack some of the more info-dense quotes he gets from industry experts in language that is unadorned and well-chosen. To bring the facts home, Dyer begins each chapter with a future-set scenario he crafts himself using data projections. These scenarios do their job - although I felt overwhelmed at times with the gravity of the situation, they made potential outcomes easier to imagine and also picked up the pace of the book by a large margin. Readers who dislike slogging through a lot of plain hard facts may find this a more accessible read on climate change than several of the other options.

I ended the book with a resolve to examine some of my less eco-friendly habits for downsizing or excision. I also ended the book with a need to tell everyone else to read the book. READ THE BOOK. THERE IS STUFF IN HERE YOU NEED TO KNOW - particularly if you're the sort of person who wants to live a reasoned, balanced and sustainable life.

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Leonardo7
Apr 20, 2010

Gwynne Dyer isn't afraid to ruffle feathers, irrespective of how the readers view the issue of climate change. Many will view what he has to say as unneccesarily alarmist. So be it, he would say. I expect his intention is to ring some bells. Clearly, he accepts the science that argues that human activity is promoting, in a very dangerous way, global warming. He very quickly points out that military organizations worldwide are preparing for this eventuality.

He then leads us through a variety of "scenarios" as to how this could unflold in the next century. None of them are for the feint of heart. Clearly, in his view, we are in for some startling changes in the decades to come. It is quite a legacy we are leaving for future generations.

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21288004246712
Feb 12, 2009

unpleasant outlook, but too selective in data

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