Gwynne Dyer, Climate Wars

If you woke up this morning thinking, “Hey, I want to read a book that’s going to scare the living crap out of me,” then this is the book to choose. London-based Canadian journalist Gwynne Dyer is recognized as one of the world’s top geopolitical analysts, conflict authors and syndicated columnists focusing on war history and studies. And he is well qualified for such a status, having served in the U.S., Canadian and British Navies, as well as holding a Ph.D. in War History from the University of London.

Climate Wars is Dyer’s look at the none-too-distant future of climate change. The essential point of his analysis is that the continuing change in our global climate will force ruling powers into posturing and combat for the world’s resources – something we are already seeing hints of today. Taken from candid interviews and exhaustive research, the scenarios presented seem shockingly true, outlining political unrest and economic collapse as some of the consequences of climate change.

The only concern contributing to a difficult read is the information discussed is repeated several times. It also feels rushed in some areas due to the shear volume of information being presented. That said, this information is meticulously collected and expertly analyzed. And while the potential outcomes may seem dire, there are points of hope presented in the book. Hopefully, people are reading.

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