The World in 2050 Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-10-25
  • Publisher: Plume

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" The World in 2050is a compelling portrait of the future and vividly relates the big challenges facing the world now." -Jared Diamond, author of Collapse The world's population is exploding, wild species are vanishing, and our environment is degrading. What kind of world are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? Just who will flourish-and who will fail-in our evolving world? Combining the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data, Guggenheim fellow Laurence C. Smith predicts how the eight nations of the Arctic Rim (including the United States) will become increasingly powerful while the nations around the equator struggle for survival. Like Bjorn Lomborg's The Skeptical Environmentalist, The World in 2050is as credible as it is controversial, projecting the looming benefits as well as the problems of climate change.

Author Biography

Laurence C. Smith earned his PhD at Cornell University, and is now professor and vice-chairman of geography and earth space sciences at the University of California in Los Angeles where he also lives.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Flying into Fort McMurrayp. 1
Martell's Hairy Prizep. 3
The Push
A Tale of Teeming Citiesp. 29
Iron, Oil, and Windp. 51
California Browning, Shanghai Drowningp. 82
The Pull
Two Weddings and a Computer Modelp. 123
One if by Land, Two if by Seap. 144
The Third Wavep. 171
Good-bye Harpoon, Hello Briefcasep. 201
Alternate Endings
The Pentagon Reportp. 223
The New Northp. 248
Notesp. 263
Creditsp. 308
Acknowledgmentsp. 309
Indexp. 311
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