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  • Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence
  • By: Christian Parenti
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)
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Tropic of Chaos

By: Christian Parenti
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
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Summary

From Africa to Asia and Latin America, the era of climate wars has begun. Extreme weather is breeding banditry, humanitarian crisis, and state failure. In Tropic of Chaos, investigative journalist Christian Parenti travels along the front lines of this gathering catastrophe - the belt of economically and politically battered postcolonial nations and war zones girding the planet's mid-latitudes. Here he finds failed states amid climatic disasters. But he also reveals the unsettling presence of Western military forces and explains how they see an opportunity in the crisis to prepare for open-ended global counterinsurgency.

Parenti argues that this incipient "climate fascism" - a political hardening of wealthy states - is bound to fail. The struggling states of the developing world cannot be allowed to collapse, as they will take other nations down as well. Instead, we must work to meet the challenge of climate-driven violence with a very different set of sustainable economic and development policies.

©2011 Christian Parenti (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Are you listening to learn or listening to answer! This a statement i heard recently, and not from thus book. However, until recently my perspective of climate change was more or less the excitement of enjoying more hot summers. My relative blissful ignorance can be shamed by this book, not for the fact that the potential for change in travel, consumerism and energy habits might change, but that human suffering, danger and distruotion to all society is highly likely and soon. The book takes a perspective from the human suffering and catastrophic situations that already exist. You wont get much of this detail by reading national papers or watching national news. Politically, there is a leaning to the left. Traditionally capitalist, but not really right wing, i am concerned when i hear that we need redistribution of wealth, but it is not from the position that all should be equal. It is from the position that were heading to a position of equally through chaos if we don't realise climate change is about war. Compelling listening.

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Inciteful

Outlines clearly the reality of climate related violence that is already affecting populations in the global South. The climate crisis interacts with the legacy of cold war militarism and neoliberal economic restructuring to create what Parenti calls the "catastrophic convergence". The emerging response of wealthy nations most responsible for global warming is open-ended counter-insurgency, militarised borders and a failure to set and implement appropriate renewable energy goals.

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AWFUL NARRATOR

Buy the physical book. The narrator sucks! It's an annoying American who has no emotions and is basically monotone. I was so excited to listen to this but it's terrible!

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