Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

Tropic of Chaos Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence 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 Chris

  • Title: Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence
  • Author: Christian Parenti
  • ISBN: 9781568586007
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 plFrom 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 midlatitudes 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.
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    • Mohamed El-Mahallawy says:

      نوع جديد من الكتب لم أقرأ في ذلك المجال قبلاً وهو تأثير التغير في طبيعة الأرض من حرارة وجفاف على الحروب والمشكلات وإن كان الموضوع مفهوم ضمناً ولكن الرجل الكاتب استطاع أن يُضفره بشكل متوازن ممتاز على طول الكرة الأرضية ودولها كبيرها وصغيرها ولكنه لم يقترب بالطبع من أوروبا بشك [...]

    • Phan says:

      A few months back i said something to my friends without solid evidence: "People are dying everyday because of climate change". I did give them explanations, mainly in form of theories and rationalization. Now, after this book, i can get some real and pressing issues related to climate change and social disintegration. There is no grand idea presented here: People fight over resources such as land and water, Climate change makes those resources less available, then there are conflicts, wars, i.e [...]

    • Diogenes says:

      "In much of the world, it seems that the only solidarity forthcoming in response to climate change is an exclusionary tribalism, and the only state policy available is police repression. This is not 'natural' and inevitable but rather the result of a history--particularly the history of the Global North's use and abuse of the Global South--that has destroyed the institutions and social practices that would allow a different, more productive response.""There must be another path. The struggling s [...]

    • Tinea says:

      We see forms of violent adaptations [to climate change] emerging. In the Global South these take the forms of: ethnic irredentism, religious fanaticism, rebellion, banditry, narcotics trafficking, and small-scale resource wars [like] over water and cattle. In the North, the multi-layered crisis appears as the politics of the armed lifeboat: the preparations for open-ended counterinsurgency, militarized borders, aggressive anti-immigrant policing, and a mainstream proliferation of rightwing xeno [...]

    • Joan says:

      This book was a real candidate for the "cannot finish" category but I gritted my teeth and got through it. Let me say upfront that this is an important book and presents its case thoroughly. It is an academic book in many ways, with a vocabulary that often lost me and I have a pretty extensive vocabulary! Parenti's writing style does feel academic as well: this book is not going to end up on the NYT bestseller list by any means. His topic is really how society is dealing with and is going to dea [...]

    • Peter says:

      Christian Parenti is a well respected journalist at nation Magazine (And other places) and this is a deeply reported account of violence, poverty and climate change in the middle lattitiudes of the planet, an area known as the global south. Parenti's thesis is straightforward: cold war militarism and neo-liberal economic reforms have made a number of stressed nations truly horrendous places to live, add in the reality of climate change and you have a recipe for chaos and disaster. There are some [...]

    • Zeynep says:

      It helped me to know more about the present and future effects of climate change on African countries. Their livestock processes, the neighbour fights, the need for water, tribe wars etc and the relation with global climate change. However, the author sounds unnecessarly dramatic sometimes. Even though the issue itself carries a major significance and we need to be alarmed starting now, I did not like the tone of author sometimes. overall, it worthed my time.

    • Gendawy says:

      الاصول البيئيه للفوضي اظن العنوان دا بيلخص بشكل كبير فكرة الكتاب العامة, الفوضي كمنتج بيئي سوسيالجي, الاحتباس الحراري والغازات الدفيئه واثرها علي جفاف بعض المناطق في العالم الثالث . اول مره اقرأ في الموضوع دا ’ كتاب جديد عليا ومكنش في اى معلومات مسبقه عن الأمر جيد ويمكن لو ق [...]

    • Nils says:

      A decent journalistic account of how climate change is driving conflict, a classic example of an author thinking that the plural of anecdote is evidence. What's more interesting is the way Parenti argues that the sorts of conflicts that will be created (or at any rate exacerbated) by climate change will be low intensity & urban and that therefore the COIN technologies being developed to deal with the post-9/11 GWOT will actually find a second life as a way to contain and manage the malign po [...]

    • Melissa says:

      Wow, things are really bad, and getting worse. It's definitely immoral to bring children in the world, so, please, stop doing that now. I mean it! Stop!So, like, it used to be possible to grow all this food all over the world, but now, the rainy seasons that places used to have are gone -- replaced by long periods of drought that don't allow many crops to make it, followed by huge storms that destroy anything that irrigation allowed to grow. And, guess what, it's getting worse. And the political [...]

    • Shawn says:

      This book does a wonderful job of what it does, which may not be what you're going to expect it to do if you judge from the title. It's a great summary of how much of the tropical world got to its current state as a result of colonialism, surging population, the games played by both sides in the Cold War in these countries and the aftermath of those games (the facts that many of them are awash in weapons provided by both sides and that they haven't had stable governments since). Parenti also mak [...]

    • Fred Dameron says:

      I was apprehensive when I started reading this one, I thought it was going to be full of doom and gloom but I was surprised. It is full of gloom but it is a history of how the West has set up the countries of the tropics for failure and how this failure will be exasperated by warming.It starts with what we call Failed States. They didn't have to happen. The area between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn was originally a prosperous well run tribal, hereditary principalities, city states, or kin [...]

    • Utkarsh says:

      "THE" book- Period! A must read for anyone who has ever held an iota of concern for the environment. More so for him/her who hasn't. Beautifully portrays the interdependence of societal stability with climate, and the acceleration of the former's collapse catalyzed by climatic anomalies. Much more than just a book on planting trees or reducing carbon footprints, 'The Tropic of Chaos' champions the cause of the many few who have relentlessly worked to place climate at the forefront of all interna [...]

    • Gordon Hilgers says:

      This relatively brief book concentrates on Africa, South Asia and Latin America--each area touched by the tropic--to give us a sort of intellectual tour guide through areas experiencing the vector of climate change and social violence. Parenti explains how this "catastrophic convergence" occurs and, in the end, illustrates ways humankind is and can counter the effects of global warming and rising desertification.

    • Mustafa Shahbaz says:

      الكتاب. يتحدث حول تأثير الاحتباس الحراري على تفاقم العنف ورغم ان المؤلف يوحي دائما بان التغير المناخي هو السبب في العنف الا ان كل الأمثلة التي يوردها تتداخل فيها العوامل وفي اغلب الأحيان تكون المشكلات ذات جذور عرقية ودينية وسياسية مدفوعة بيولوجيا بإرثنا الجيني الذي يشجع ال [...]

    • Arjun says:

      Meh.A good premise (and one I believe - that looming/current environmental changes and stresses will lead to conflict) is hamstrung by too much fitting round pegs into square holes. When a book uses the word "neoliberal" in almost every sentence, well, it becomes predictable. I wanted to learn something here and I can't say I did.

    • Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

      In Tropic of Chaos, American investigative journalist Christian Parenti looks into the "catastrophic convergence of poverty, violence and climate change" (p.5), studying the near history of regions between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer, "a belt of economically and politically battered post-colonial states girding the planet's mid-latitudes. In this band, around the tropics, climate change is beginning to hit hard. The Societies in this belt are also heavily dependent on agricu [...]

    • Dave says:

      Most of this book is worth reading. Unfortunately, like 99% of other environmental and political books, the "solutions" are a complete joke. He gets the basics, acknowledging the need for redistribution of wealth, land reform, embracing regulations, etc. but either wimps out at the last minute or just doesn't really know enough about climate science to put it all together. To show you what I mean, this is from the last two pages, which is probably about half of this book's "so what do we do?" se [...]

    • Ashwin Ramaswamy says:

      The book begins with a tight thesis of the converging forces that result in the "threat multiplier" that Climate Change is. But soon it becomes a military history of what the writer calls "the South". And during these extended descriptions, the underlying climate change driven reasons are given their share of real estate in prose.This is a book primarily a detailed description of the current violence in the world, and not so much about Climate Change.

    • Constantin Barbu says:

      Not very good, title is misleading. I was looking for information about how climate change is affecting post-colonial societies, got some vague trivia about climate change in general, from Central Asia to Brazil. No chaos, not even tropical. Not recommended.

    • Rod Raglin says:

      Climate change and conflict - we have met the enemy Christian Parenti paints a bleak picture of the future and, what’s worse, is he backs it up with exhaustive and irrefutable research.In his book, Tropic of Chaos - Climate Change and the new Geography of Violence, the author cites war, after famine, after natural disaster to point out that even today climate change is a contributing factor, if not the major one, in most human catastrophes around the globe.And it will only get worse.Parenti d [...]

    • Tim says:

      Could the rise of Donald Trump be blamed on Climate Change? It sounds like a silly question, but against the backdrop of Christian Parenti's book "Tropic of Chaos," the question isn't entirely absurd."Climate change," declared a military think-tank report in 2007, "acts as a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world. Many governments in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East are already on edge in terms of their ability to provide basic needs: food, water, sh [...]

    • Matthew says:

      This was a good overview of troubles in various places both historically and at present that can be attributed, in part, to climate change. The author's "catastrophic convergence" of economics, politics and climate is certainly valid and helps explain many of the events in recent history that have been otherwise attributed (too often with over-simplified, hand-waving arguments) to ethnic tensions and poor governance. This is somewhat like a book that I have been looking to read for a long time, [...]

    • Ron Joniak says:

      Christian Parenti looks at the current effect that climate change is having on the socioeconomic and political scales across the world. He takes us on a climate-troubled tour of the habitable world starting in Africa, looking at the various border conflicts (and water disputs) of India/Pakistan, South America and finally the Mexico/US border. Parenti often looks upon right-wing ideologies as dangerous and often praises the need for leftist elements of government to control capitalism. He seeks a [...]

    • Mark Valentine says:

      I will forever remember reading this book as the starting point for when I became interested in how ACD (Anthropogenic Climate Disruption) impacted failed states, impoverished areas, tribal wars, and other catastrophic convergence zones enough to track them for myself. I would like to be able to use news and NGO feeds to collect updates from around the world and track this "new geography of violence" that Parenti identifies. The reality now shows how the western and northern powers have used ine [...]

    • Sheehan says:

      Parenti explores what he refers to as a catastrophic convergence of various non-environmental factors (e.g. neo-liberal capitalism, immigration, food scarcity, and politics) which are so highly leveraged that the axiomatic overheating of the planet will manifest in some very exacerbated hardships and outcomes if neglected.While Parenti tries to place the potentially positive possibility of avoiding this convergence of hardships, he does so pretty half-heartedly, as though he has already resigned [...]

    • Samuel says:

      Here we have an interesting sampling of geographic case studies of the "catastrophic convergence of poverty, violence, and climate change" as written by a journalist--Christian Parenti (5). He uses the scientific consensus of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in order to pin his thesis. Though he recognizes that the IPCC has been attacked for being alarmist and wrong, he dismisses these claims because the IPCC works on consensus and thus its findings are quite conservative. Wh [...]

    • Dan says:

      If anyone thinks that climate change will be a subtle warming of the status quo, they need to read this book. Mr. Parenti lays out the imminent and terrifying future of chaos and conflict. In fact, he shows with ample evidence and analysis of conflict zones, that the future of climate chaos is already upon us. From Africa to Latin America, to India and beyond, as agriculture fails due to drought, flooding, and inconsistent precipitation fully 1 billion climate refugees will be pulling the remain [...]

    • Joseph Mckenna says:

      The succinct review is that Parenti's "Topic of chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violoence is less about climate change and more about failed economic neoliberalism. The book seems a bit opportunistic at times, attempts to delve into the impacts of climate change quickly devolve into Parenti's railing against the IMF, neo-Hayek, and economic liberalism. That is not to say that the book is devoid of merit. There are times when things work in the book. The chapter on Pakistan and the [...]

    • Josh says:

      I found Tropic of Chaos interesting but my rating is a little harsh because the book foundered and was, at times, a clunky and vague read. Parenti is aiming to connect the dots between climate change, poverty and violence around the world, and he's most successful when he brings in his own on-the-ground reporting and research from Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan. But many sections are dense and lacking color and even repetitive, and I finished the book feeling like climate change was only minimally addr [...]

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