Climate Wars

The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats

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About The Book

An essential, terryfying, and insightful analysis of a world plunging into crisis arrives in mass market paperback

Dwindling resources. Massive population shifts. Natural disasters. Any of the expected consequences of climate change could - as Gwyne Dyer argues - tip the world towards chaos and conflict. Bold, unflinching, and based on extensive research, Climate Wars is an essential guide to the future of our planet that grippingly reveals just how far world powers are likely to go to ensure their own survival in an increasingly hostile environment.

About The Author

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, author, broadcaster, and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years. Dyer has served in the Canadian, British and American navies. He holds a Ph.D. in war studies from the University of London, has taught at Sandhurst and served on the Board of Governors of Canada's Royal Military College. His twice-weekly column on international affairs is published by 175 newspapers in some 45 countries and is translated into more than a dozen languages. He is the author of several books, including War, Future: Tense, and The Mess They Made. One of the world's great geopolitical analysts, Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, author, broadcaster, and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years. Dyer has served in the Canadian, British and American navies. His twice-weekly column on international affairs is published by 175 newspapers in some 45 countries. He is the author of several books, including War, Future: Tense, and The Mess They Made. One of the world's great geopolitical analysts, Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, author, broadcaster, and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years. His column is published by 175 newspapers around the world and is translated into more than a dozen languages. He is the author of several books, including War, Future: Tense and The Mess They Made.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (April 1, 2010)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781780740591

Raves and Reviews

"Terrifying is just one of the words to leap off the page."

– The Bookseller

“[Dyer] eloquently explores the ‘grim detail’ of how governments will grapple with a challenge unprecedented since before there were governments. You won't find this stuff in any IPCC report… It makes for a good read.” Fred Pearce

– New Scientist

“Well written and well argued, crammed with impressive interview material and wonderful personal vignettes.”

– Ottawa Citizen

"Frightening yet essential reading."

– Library Journal

“[Dyer] eloquently explores the ‘grim detail’ of how governments will grapple with a challenge unprecedented since before there were governments. You won't find this stuff in any IPCC report… It makes for a good read.” Fred Pearce

– New Scientist

“The multitude of sources and the political perspective on global warming make the book scarier and more convincing than the usual predictions limited to climate and weather. We can hope that Dyer’s sources are impressive enough to convince policy makers to take serious action.”

– Publishers Weekly

"Frightening yet essential reading."

– Library Journal

"Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats has been called 'a truly important and timely book,' but I'd go further. I'll say this may be the most important book you'll read this year." Mickey Z

– Planet Green

"Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats has been called 'a truly important and timely book,' but I'd go further. I'll say this may be the most important book you'll read this year." Mickey Z

– Planet Green

“Speculative as Dyer’s litte `history of the future’ is, it has an unmistakable – and alarming – ring of truth.”

– Scotsman

"Hopefully, his lucidly written book may help raise awareness of the potential crisis."

– irish times

"compelling… a warning of what could happen if we don't pull our fingers out."

– The Big Issue Scotland

In his seriously worrying study of the near future, Gwynne Dyer adopts a rarely considered perspective on climate change: the potential political and military responses to its effects."

– The Geographical Magazine

"A well-argued, eye-opening book that will convince you of the need for immediate action, if it doesn't keep you up at night."

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– Scotsman

"A well-argued, eye-opening book that will convince you of the need for immediate action, if it doesn't keep you up at night."

“The multitude of sources and the political perspective on global warming make the book scarier and more convincing than the usual predictions limited to climate and weather. We can hope that Dyer’s sources are impressive enough to convince policy makers to take serious action.”

– Publishers Weekly

"Like a Stephen King novel, it's scary, but you can't put it down."

– G Magazine

"Gwynne Dyer's brilliant analysis, in Climate Wars, of the geopolitical conflicts that may unfold over the next few decades — even if we do get serious about global warming — is almost too fearsome to absorb. When I talk to the scientists themselves, there is a palpable sense of panic, something confirmed by Dyer in his interviews conducted around the world."

– The Monthly

“Dyer does a wonderful job of explaining all aspects of this crisis … highly recommend[ed]”.

– A 'n' E Vibe

"Dyer has a gift for providing a unique perspective on war and conflict. Now he's taking on climate change as well."

– Peace Magazine

"The current debate on climate change is mostly on its future effects, but few are brave enough to work out what they might be. Here is a lively, alarming and even entertaining attempt to look ahead. Water and war have always been associated. We need hope as well as good sense in looking at the future. Here it is."

– Sir Crispin Tickell - Former Chairman of both the Board of the Climate Institute of Washington DC an

"Gwynne Dyer is one of the few who are both courageous enough to tell the unvarnished truth, and have the background to understand, not misrepresent the inputs. This book does a superb job of detailing the emerging realities of Climate/Energy. These realities are not pretty."

– Dennis Bushnell - Chief Scientist at NASA

"This is a truly important and timely book. Gwynne Dyer has made the best and most plausible set of guesses I have yet seen about the human consequences of climate change, of how drought and heat may ignite wars, even nuclear wars, around the globe."

– James Lovelock - award-winning scientist, inventor, and originator of the 'Gaia' hypothesis

"The current debate on climate change is mostly on its future effects, but few are brave enough to work out what they might be. Here is a lively, alarming and even entertaining attempt to look ahead. Water and war have always been associated. We need hope as well as good sense in looking at the future. Here it is."

– Sir Crispin Tickell - Former Chairman of both the Board of the Climate Institute of Washington DC an

"Gwynne Dyer is one of the few who are both courageous enough to tell the unvarnished truth, and have the background to understand, not misrepresent the inputs. This book does a superb job of detailing the emerging realities of Climate/Energy. These realities are not pretty."

– Dennis Bushnell - Chief Scientist at NASA

"This is a truly important and timely book. Gwynne Dyer has made the best and most plausible set of guesses I have yet seen about the human consequences of climate change, of how drought and heat may ignite wars, even nuclear wars, around the globe."

– James Lovelock - award-winning scientist, inventor, and originator of the 'Gaia' hypothesis

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