The World in 2050
Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future
"The World in 2050 is a compelling portrait of the future and vividly relates the big challenges facing the world now."
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 2050 is as credible as it is controversial, projecting the looming benefits as well as the problems of climate change.
Prologue Flying into Fort McMurray
Chapter 1 Martell’s Hairy Prize
PART ONE: THE PUSH
Chapter 2 A Tail of Teeming Cities
Chapter 3 Iron, Oil, and Wind
Chapter 4California Browning, Shanghai Drowning
PART TWO: THE PULL
Chapter 5 Two Weddings and a Computer Model
Chapter 6 One if by Land, Two if by Sea
Chapter 7 The Third Wave
Chapter 8 Good-bye Harpoon, Hello Briefcase
PART THREE: ALTERNATE ENDINGS
Chapter 9 The Pentagon Report
Chapter 10 The New North
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