Tropic of Chaos

Tropic of Chaos

Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: New York : Nation Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781568586007
Branch Call Number: 304.25 Parenti 07/2011
Characteristics: viii, 295 p. :,maps ;,24 cm.


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Aug 17, 2016

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

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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