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  • How to Survive the Climate Upheaval
  • By: Gaia Vince
  • Narrated by: Gaia Vince
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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A tremendous upheaval is coming this century: with every degree of temperature increase, roughly a billion people will be pushed outside the zone in which humans have lived for thousands of years. While we can and should do everything we can to mitigate the impact of climate change, the brutal truth is that huge swathes of the world are becoming uninhabitable. From Bangladesh to Sudan to the southern and western United States, and in cities from Cardiff to New Orleans to Shanghai, the quadruple threat of drought, heat, wildfires and flooding will uproot billions of people. Mass migration will remake the world in the 21st century, either by accident, or design—and as Royal Society Science Prize-winning science journalist Gaia Vince shows us, far better the latter.

In this galvanising and persuasive call to arms, Vince demonstrates how we can manage the coming climate migration. But the vital counter-intuitive message of this book is that migration is not the problem—it's the solution. Not only will billions of people have no choice but to relocate, but advanced countries are facing demographic crises due to shrinking, ageing populations and the resulting labour shortages. Drawing on a wealth of eye-opening data, Vince describes how migration demonstrably brings tremendous benefits not only to migrants themselves, but to host countries, who benefit economically as well as culturally. A borderless world is not something to fear: in fact, a World Bank study suggested that it would triple global GDP. As Vince shows us, we will increasingly be moving north, into the Arctic circle, and to countries like Canada, Greenland and Russia that will only benefit from rising temperatures and increased populations.

While the planetary emergency of climate change is finally getting the attention it deserves, the inevitability of mass migration has been largely ignored. In Nomad Century, Vince provides, for the first time, an examination of the most pressing question facing humanity.

©2022 Gaia Vince (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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"A tour de force... Nomad Century should be on the reading list of anyone and everyone in any position of power. It is not simply a future atlas of human geography showing where will be habitable and for how many, but a hard-hitting must-read on how we will need to live in the coming decades to secure the long-term survival of humankind." (Anjana Ahuja)

"Essential, bold and clear-sighted... I have yet to read a book that takes the question of how to survive the coming decades more seriously." (David Farrier)

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  • 10-09-22

Too altruistic

Gaia says that migration is our natural survival instinct and does briefly mention how ancient migrations almost or totally replaced males but doesn’t go into details of what horrors that must have entailed. And then she discuss how we haven’t reduced carbon output despite knowing the consequences for decades but assumed the northern hemisphere would accept and welcome billions of migrants. She could at least have devoted more time to give the alternative scenario of how life would be in the north if we didn’t allow mass migration. Like zero carbon, it’s a nice idea but humans are too selfish to allow it until there is no other option

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  • 06-10-22

Very interesting and Insightful

clearly explains all the dangers and possible solutions, I really hope politics don't screw us over to much to be able to reach an acceptable solution to the climate and migration problems, but I don't see it going as wel as the best possible solutions she proposes, unfortunately.