- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (19 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846688930
- ISBN-13: 978-1846688935
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A charismatic rising star vividly relates the big challenges facing the world (Jared Diamond)
Smith's planetary palm-reading would be impressive enough but he also manages to pull it off with literary gusto. He combines a wide-angle-lens analysis reminiscent of Jared Diamond with a knack for narrative, including tales of numerous visits to the Arctic. (New Scientist)
The best new geography book of the year (Fred Pearce)
a lively and impressive book (Wall Street Journal)
'One of the most head-turning books I've ever come across recently.' (World Politics Review)
It's refreshing to read a book that avoids the twin dangers of exaggeration and wishful thinking. The New North is such a book, and it's wonderful. [...] This is an outstanding book. (Jonathan Wright Geographical Review)
Smith spent many months exploring and talking to residents in remote Arctic towns and writing their personal stories, and the result is this fascinating book. (Press Association)
Let those who disagree come forward and make a different case. There is a lot for us to do in the meantime. (Sir Crispin Tickell Financial Times)
[Smith's] new book The New North: The World in 2050, demonstrates a remarkable knack for divining global megatrends from the stuff of daily life. It seems this is a man to whom the world whispers its secrets. (Jake Wallis Simons The Times)
[The New North] raise[s] urgent questions about the type of world we want to live in. (PD Smith Guardian)
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The world in 2050
by Laurence C Smith
A review by the Cote d'Azur men's book group
A scientist who turns the world upside down and also convinces global warming cynics that they are walking on very thin ice, is a rarity and one whose solid facts convince disbelievers.
Professor Laurence C Smith, has looked into the future standing on a bedrock of certainties that persuade him to envisage a new order on our planet, one that will see what he describes as "The Northern Rim" countries-including Canada, the northern United States ,Greenland and Russia - assuming a new superiority and benefiting from the effects of demographic changes, global warming, finite natural sources and increasing globalization (largely in the form of trading).
He redraws the map of the world so that his selected eight countries are atop the globe. He takes the reader on an odyssey, so much so that the book reads like a novel, a fascinating one that could be said to follow in the literary footsteps of writers who chronicled perilous journeys in the last century.
He combines the sagacity of an academic with the expertise of a scientist to describe his odyssey that took him to some of the coldest and remotest areas of our world, from Alberta to Alaska and thence to the desolate perma frost of the Arctic and on to the wild open steppes of Russia with its 2,000 kilometre border with China.
Professor Smith's starting point for this epic journey is Fort McMurray, an Alberta boom oil town carved out of the forests, where, as he says when he is first flown in by a 747, "freshly cut survey lines radiated in all directions, .....bulldozers ....... and work crews were engraving a new sort of blueprint on the land"
"Fort McMurray was", as he says "transformed from woods and forest into a urban metropolis", another vision of future cities in the thawing ice reaches he sees as the future.
He saw this new development as a frontier town, many of which will morph into megacities once climate change has thawed ice in the Northern Rim.
While he confesses he has a vivid imagination, many of his views and dreams are just that, dreams, but realisable ones. yet knowing that does not belittle the scope and range of a commendable book.
He has done his homework and personally researched in a way that deserves great respect.
The final result of climate change will cause huge problems in many areas, particularly in Europe, he warns, where drought and food shortages are forecast.. He foresees rivers, being diverted to provide reservoirs and elsewhere, Russia could divert rivers to drought hit China. In the United States valleys in the Rocky Mountains could be used as water reservoirs.
Laurence C Smith has given evidence to Congress , he is a earth and space sciences professor at ULCA , and is seen by many as a rising star of science, He is also a self- confessed thinker and one whose words and thoughts need to be both read and understood.
He counter balances the superiority of the Rim nations where there will be more rain than snow with the harsher conditions in, for example, the belt from New Mexico to Arizona, Nevada and California .
Their citizens of 2050 could be the forerunners of a new Gold Rush to more liveable areas or countries. He forecasts more hydrocarbon development leading to a much higher level of greenhouse gases being released.
A 23.5 degree shift in the Earth's axis means cold and darkness at higher latitude. As always there will be winners and losers, he says. He quite rightly ends his literary dissertation by asking "What kind of world do we want?
A good question, especially when it is remembered that the Egyptian Empire fell in 8000 BC when drought brought down the walls of their world.
maps and tables says it all about climate change! This is a compelling account of the
challenges facing the world during the next thirty eight years plus.
The North (at approximately 45 degrees N latitude and above) and its hinterlands form the heart of
a "New North." We are talking about 12 million square miles.
This is an essay about the 'unfreezing Arctic assets' and should WAKE-UP us all!
Maybe, this book should be required reading - to those concerned and to those indifferent!
St Andrews, Scotland
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