Tropic of Chaos

Tropic of Chaos

Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

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Baker & Taylor
An investigative journalist visits the economically and politically battered post-colonial nations around the earth's mid-latitudes and reveals how extreme weather in the era of climate change is breeding banditry, humanitarian crises and state failure.

Perseus Publishing
An award-winning journalist combines on-the-ground reportage with incisive analysis to reveal the disturbing connection between climate change and increased social and political violence.

From Africa to Asia and Latin America, the era of climate wars has begun. Extreme weather is breeding banditry, humanitarian crisis, and state failure.

In Tropic of Chaos, investigative journalist Christian Parenti travels along the front lines of this gathering catastrophe--the belt of economically and politically battered postcolonial nations and war zones girding the planet's midlatitudes. Here he finds failed states amid climatic disasters. But he also reveals the unsettling presence of Western military forces and explains how they see an opportunity in the crisis to prepare for open-ended global counterinsurgency.

Parenti argues that this incipient "climate fascism"--a political hardening of wealthy states-- is bound to fail. The struggling states of the developing world cannot be allowed to collapse, as they will take other nations down as well. Instead, we must work to meet the challenge of climate-driven violence with a very different set of sustainable economic and development policies.



Book News
This heavily researched and important book by Parenti, contributing editor at The Nation, clearly illuminates the undeniable link between climate change generated by the industrial North and devastation and violent conflict in the global South. Taking readers on a tour of war torn and poverty infected countries like Kenya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Mexico, Parenti exposes the rising tension which is becoming an increasing threat to privileged nations like the US who are simply ignoring the problem and attempting to shield it out with military might. This book is a must read for anyone concerned with climate change, human rights, national security, and the human race's ultimate survival. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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An investigative journalist visits the economically and politically battered post-colonial nations around the earth's mid-latitudes and reveals how extreme weather in the era of climate change is breeding banditry, humanitarian crises, and state failure.

Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781568586007
Branch Call Number: 304.25 PAREN
Characteristics: 295 pages

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Elemii
Aug 17, 2016

This is OK. Turns into a bit of a rant though, which obscures the message.

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naturalist
Jan 04, 2016

see also:
“The Attacking Ocean : The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels”
Brian M. Fagan
Bloomsbury Press, 2013, ISBN: 1608196925, 9781608196920

redban Sep 05, 2014

Highly recommended; this book exposes the turmoil created by changing weather patterns (particularly droughts) in areas of the world that rely on weather (i.e. agriculture, herding) for survival. Reminds me of works by Jeremy Scahill, Matt Taibbi, and Glenn Greenwald.

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