Over the last years, that number has risen to billion — and there is no end in sight due to the industrialization underway in developing nations. Global CO2 emissions will thus have to be reduced by at least half over the next 50 years. Welzer considers this goal to be highly unrealistic, if not altogether unachievable. In view of this, he illuminates the impact of climate change on the human environment, noting that not all regions of the world are affected to the same degree. Africa is among the hardest hit continents. The already precarious supply of potable water will become even more dire, while entire industries, such as agriculture and fishing, will be threatened in their very existence due to lack of water, soil degradation and the extinction of various species.
South America will suffer from sinking groundwater tables and desertification. Deforestation will intensify erosion and increase the danger of flooding. In northern zones, on the other hand, new agricultural sectors will emerge, for example, winegrowing. One of the most salient injustices of climate change is the fact that the nations most adversely affected by it are the ones that caused it the least.
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They are also the nations with the least amount of means at their disposal to absorb the social consequences of climate catastrophes. Whereas countries in North America and Europe are able both to ensure that their populations have enough to eat and to provide substantial support for damages incurred, poorer nations are wholly at the mercy of such massive environmental transformations. Sounds like it will be for Preppers but it is not.
I thought it might be about the potential for conflict over climate change. I also thought it might speculate on the future of politics in a climate changed world. We are already seeing some strange political creatures such as Harper in Canada and Abbott in Australia.
Both are reactionary leaders of climate denying governments doing their darnedest to work on behalf of fossil fuel producers. I have come to the conclusion that the ma Stupid title. I have come to the conclusion that the masters of these clowns know their days are numbered and are trying to squeeze out the last dollar before their whole operation becomes worthless. It is not only the title that promises something that it does not deliver. Welzer constantly teases the reader with the idea he will tell us what will happen.
This is really like a romance novel promising to turn into fully fledged porn but we only get a quick kiss as the climax. The book suggests their will be more conflict. The conflict will be in the periphery not in the Western Heartlands. Welzer is big on violence becoming the final arbiter if things become desperate.
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He especially thinks that this will happen with areas with poor governance issues. This will be masked by ethnic rivalry which he suggests is the easiest way to get people to kill each other and anyway the creation of ethnically homogeneous nations is part of the modernization process. Darfur is the template he uses and he could be right to a point describing that region as the first modern climate war.
And this is where my real problems with the book start.
Once you catch someone trying to pull a swifty like that it really gives you cause to question everything else that is purported to be true. There are many nations in Europe that have are heterogeneous and not just lately either. France has a sizable German speaking minority.
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Switzerland is a mish mash of religion and ethnicity. The Belgians, French and Flemish, may not love each other but they are not at each others throats either. Violence is not inevitable. I would suggest he over states his case. I would be surprised myself if there was no violent outcomes from climate change. In this muddle of a book there are some highlights. His discussion of terrorism and violence " Terrorism is a self-empowering form of substitute warfare" is very thought provoking.
He also believes that there is a strong likelihood that we will do nothing.
Western societies are different from individuals. He makes the point that as a society we act like a sociopaths. Welzer takes as a given that climate change is happening and that it is not stoppable, and then goes on to the main business of the book: As a German born just after WWII, he has taken on the task of studying the "social catastrophe" that is war, and that was Nazism. Before writing this book he studied, with a team of researchers, , pages of transcripts of the conversations of German prisoner Mr.
Before writing this book he studied, with a team of researchers, , pages of transcripts of the conversations of German prisoners of war in British prisons. The British had bugged the cells to catch any information that might be useful in winning the war.
Lessons learned from that study are applied in the book at hand. Namely, how do people go from decency to incomprehensible cruelty. It refers to the kind of business that uses violence to drive money in the desired direction. This underlies what we call "warlords" in Afghanistan, Somalia, and similarly impoverished regions. Welzer makes clear how these work, and often draws from Nazi history to illustrate his points. I applaud that as a German he is willing to show a clear-eyed view of these crimes. They are often the most interesting parts of the book. In the main, Welzer is arguing that we don't know how we will behave under stress, that the caring decent people we may be can erode in weeks when violence becomes the norm.
I think it is an important lesson, and this is a great book. Imperceptibly changing frames of reference and selective perception will be good for many surprises Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested. As the irony of the story demands, the primary victims of climate change and associated wars and natural disasters will not be the dominant polluters in the developed world, but the countries of the southern hemisphere.
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