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Monday, January 12, 2009

Journalist Stephan Faris, who covers climate change for GlobalPost.com, looks at the geopolitical implications of global warming in his new book Forecast: The Consequences of Climate Change, from the Amazon to the Arctic, from Darfur to Napa Valley (Henry Holt and Co, 2008).

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Comments [10]

Robert Thomas

Bring on the cow flatulence tax... You guys do understand that's what this all about right? A new unified global tax based on "Carbon Emissions". Get a grip folks. You're inches away from signing up for slavery.

Jan. 13 2009 03:11 PM
mc from Brooklyn

Ray:
Do you know why we stopped using DDT?

Jan. 12 2009 12:55 PM
Phil Henshaw from NY

This is great work! The 'wild fringe' ecology community has been pointing to these linkages all along, and being shrugged off as too 'complicated' or 'confusing', as the large material consequences have been developing.

One of a dozen big ones that are being missed generally is how growth systems that run out of free resources run into conflict with themselves as the only resources left are being used by someone else. When growth switches from a positive sum to a zero sum game everything changes.

Then 'productivity' in using resources becomes an exclusion of the 'unproductive' from maintaining their former access. In simple terms, food gets unaffordable for the bottom of the pyramid as food resources fall below the level of growing demand for those at the top of the productivity pyramid.

I have tools for studying this kind of whole system problem - www.synapse9.com

Jan. 12 2009 11:53 AM
Mar from CA

Ha! A shipping shortcut?! So we can send more useless petroleum-plastic sweatshop factory junk in petroleum fueled ships to Walmarts and Targets across the US? Can we please start thinking about real national security, in terms of self-reliant, low-impact closed-circuit, LOCAL production? We have come to think of natural resources as disposable, just like our plastic toys. Sigh. Shipping lanes are NOT a plus.

Jan. 12 2009 11:44 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Thanks for having this segment. I've been saying during the whole election season that the environment has to be issue #1, specifically because it would make almost every other problem worse. (Usually I list the other problems, but Mr. Faris is doing a fine job of that!)

There are also consequences of other environmental problems. For example, Somalis who made their living from fishing 1st turned to piracy because of industrial overfishing of the waters off their coast.

Jan. 12 2009 11:43 AM
robert from park slope

is it possible that warming will reduce heating needs and carbon consumption to the point that an acceptable equilibrium will be reached?

Jan. 12 2009 11:42 AM
William from manhattan

Does your guest see a trend for people to start migrating north, and reviving the norther states? (as opposed to these sprawling desert cities?)

Jan. 12 2009 11:39 AM
RJ from Brooklyn

Jared Diamond described the impact on the Rwanda genocide of environmental issues in his book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, that it wasn't caused purely "tribal" or "ethnic" issues.

Jan. 12 2009 11:36 AM
Ray from Manhattan

Maybe if we could still use DDT mosquito born illness would not be such a problem.

Jan. 12 2009 11:34 AM
steve from fort greene

Brian if you did not catch it, googling has a CO2 cost:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7823387.stm

Jan. 12 2009 09:27 AM

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