Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map Hardcover – Dec 7 2009
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“Cleo Paskal in her authoritative new book, Global Warring, How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map, uses historical examples and modern climate science to draw parallels with 21st century geopolitics which is giving rise to climatepolitics. Paskal`s extensive examination points to the uncomfortable conclusion that every country and continent will be seriously impacted by environmental changes this century. The idea that somehow the US and the rest of the developed world will be shielded from the impacts of global heating is patently false.”
- Jerry Cope, Huffington Post
“As climate change increasingly becomes part of our everyday concerns, a need has emerged for international experts to help make sense of its potential consequences. In Global Warring, journalist Cleo Paskal does exactly that. Unlike so many other books on the subject, Paskal doesn`t limit her scope to the catastrophic environmental damage that climate change could wreak. Instead, she expands her scope to provide a thorough and detailed explanation of how this looming environmental crisis will impact global security and the geopolitical status quo.
Global Warring is a pleasure to read, even though its message is distressing. It is neither a sabre-rattling activist`s rant nor a dreary policy tome, although it contains the most significant aspects of each. It is a book that makes the reader sit up and take notice and, with luck, take action.”
-- Quill & Quire
“Cleo Paskal is original and compelling; a pioneering scholar of the new terrain where environmental change confronts national security, she charts the dramatic implications not just for the game of nations but for their geographic borders, their resources and their fundamental interests.”
?Martin Walker, senior director of the Global Business Policy Council and editor-in-chief emeritus of United Press International.
“Cleo Paskal avoids the pitfall of viewing all environmental threats to security through the lens of climate change, a necessary but certainly not sufficient focus for understanding the security challenges of environmental change. Paskal sets her analysis firmly at ground level where the practical implications of environmental change are felt and policy decisions must be made to address them.”
?Geoffrey D. Dabelko, director, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
“Cleo Paskal’s mastery over geopolitics has been fused to a remarkable understanding of just how the coming geophysical changes may affect our planet. This is the first comprehensive view of the real consequences of environmental change.”
?M.D. Nalapat, UNESCO Peace Chair and director of the Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University, India
“In a clear, comprehensive and alarming analysis, Cleo Paskal underlines the geopolitically disruptive potential of climate change. Arguably this is the biggest challenge to human society since the Ice Age or the Black Death and it is not clear we are any readier to respond adequately to ours than were our unfortunate ancestors to theirs.”?Guy Stanley, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.
“In a field beset by hyperbole on the one hand, and complacency on the other, Cleo Paskal’s work provides a refreshing, well-grounded and highly readable take on geopolitics and environmental change in the twenty-first century.”?Dr Jeffrey Mazo, International Institute for Strategic Studies
“Cleo Paskal’s work vividly illustrates the complex interconnections between climate change, environmental conditions, and energy security. Rather than just take a global view, she also demonstrates how environmental changes will impact the lives of people across the globe, from Arctic Canada to the South Pacific. Paskal’s unique and valuable scholarship charts the geopolitical implications of these changes for politics, and is a sobering reminder of the challenges we face.”?Dr Chad Briggs, Institute for Environmental Security
If melting ice animates environmentalists, it also galvanizes the thoughts of geostrategists such as Paskal. The prospect of a navigable Northwest Passage is one of many specific effects of climate change that she discusses in this provocative overview of the future of international politics. Rising sea levels and shifting precipitation patterns also auger implications that Paskal elucidates with sardonic readability. Her wry asides lighten a serious forecast that rough political weather portends. China and the U.S. will contest control of the Pacific Ocean; India and China will vie for the watershed of the Himalayas; and Russia will capitalize on foreign covetousness for its vast resources. Paskal's survey covers the elementary security situation of each of the great powers; assesses the adaptability of each one's government to climatic alteration; and outlines their general strategy. In this way China's interest in Pacific microstates becomes clear and-to American strategists paying attention to China's brand of nationalistic capitalism-worrying. By extending contemporary anxiety about the climate's future to traditional worry about international security, Paskal taps into two disparate audiences. --Gilbert TaylorSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I learned so much in this relatively short but very dense and impeccably researched book that put much of what I read in the news into perspective. I also benefited from the crash course in geopolitics that she delivers and appreciated her ability to hold both macro and micro-perspectives of the changes that have occurred in our past and that are to come in the future.
Her chart on page 244 is a must-read for anyone in the world who has a position of governance or influence. It is a brilliant synthesis of four aspects of preparedness for the potential hazards of the environmental changes that we are in the middle of and can expect more and more of. She describes three aspect of preparedness: 'Reinforce, Rescue, and Recovery' or preparation FOR potential disasters, planning for rescue when they occur, and the repair and cleanup afterward (which of course includes 'reinforce' in the event of another disastrous event). For each of these three aspects, there are four segments of society that must be involved and act according to their domain: Governments, the Private Sector, Society (NGO's, faith-based groups, community organizations, neighbourhoods, etc) and the Media. She goes on to give examples of how some nations have excelled in some areas but come up short in others.Read more ›
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