Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

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PublicAffairs, Jun 28, 2011 - Nature - 304 pages
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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.

 

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There is a good book here that's been subsumed by jargon-laden sentences that obscure rather than clarify. It's too bad as Parenti's thesis is a good one, the unfortunate reality of how climate change ... Read full review

TROPIC OF CHAOS: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

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An investigative journalist's tough analysis of how some of the world's most vulnerable states—those with a history of economic and political disasters—are confronting the new crisis of climate ... Read full review

Contents

II Africa
37
III Asia
95
IV Latin America
155
Acknowledgments
243
Notes
245
Index
283
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Christian Parenti is a contributing editor at the Nation. The author of Lockdown America, The Soft Cage, and The Freedom, he has written for Fortune, Mother Jones, Conde Nast Traveler, Playboy, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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