Global warming's physical impacts can be separated into three broad categories: melt, drought, and deluge. Funk travels to two dozen countries to profile entrepreneurial people who see a potential windfall in each of these forces.
The melt is a boon for newly arable, mineral rich regions of the Arctic, such as Greenland - and for the man-made snow trade. Drought creates opportunities for private firefighters working for insurance companies as well as for fund managers backing south Sudanese warlords who control local farmland. The deluge - rising seas, surging rivers, and superstorms - has been our most distant concern, but for Dutch architects designing floating cities and American scientists patenting hurricane defenses, the race is on.
By letting climate change continue unchecked, we are choosing to adapt to a warming world. Containing the resulting surge will benefit some, but much of the planet will suffer. McKenzie Funk has investigated both sides, and what he has found will shock us all.
"Funk has written a fun book humanizing the problems of climate change, focused on the colorful entrepreneurs who see in an increasingly inhospitable world golden opportunities." (The Associated Press)
"A shocking account of how governments and corporations are confronting the crises caused by global warming…A well-written, useful global profile emphasizing concrete solutions rather than ideological abstractions." (Kirkus Reviews)
"For most of the planet, the specter of global warming is ominous, but as journalist Funk reveals in this startling book, there are those who view the Earth's dangerous meltdown as a golden opportunity...Funk's original, forthright take on this little-discussed profit-taking trend in the climate change sweepstakes is very unsettling." (Publishers Weekly)
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unintended windfalls mixed with obvious perils
This is not an unbiased economic tome. The writer seems to think all business's are bad for the planet. And everyone in a position of authority is a buffoon. Malthusian to the point that the planet would be better off without people on it.
The cynicism is palpable.
The narrator read a zombie appocalyps sieris and it was also very cynical, but funny. This book is dour.
But I did not finish the whole book. So it may get better further along.
- Darrell Stimson