The World in 2050

The World in 2050

Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future

Book - 2010
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Geoscientist Laurence Smith draws on the latest global modeling research to construct a sweeping thought experiment on what our world will be like in 2050. The result is both good news and bad: Eight nations of the Arctic Rim (including the United States) will become increasingly prosperous, powerful, and politically stable, while those closer to the equator will face water shortages, aging populations, and crowded megacities sapped by the rising costs of energy and coastal flooding. Smith combines the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data--everything from climate dynamics and resource stocks to age distributions and economic growth projections. But Smith offers more than a compendium of statistics and studies--he spent fifteen months traveling the Arctic Rim, collecting stories and insights that resonate throughout the book.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2010
ISBN: 9780525951810
Branch Call Number: 363.73874 SMI 2010
Characteristics: 322 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Sep 07, 2015

Rather 'chatty', does contain some useful data about trends towards 2050 but no solutions.

Corey G Brooks Dec 08, 2014

"As an American, Black, and Christian this book is helpful, yet kept me in a mindstate of descretion." The fact that their is an international commision calling on the USA and Canada to rescue the St. Clair river; Sounds like a fundamental interest in debates about future international interest in Clean water". The St. Clair runs into Lake erie. That be as it may, who has dominion over the great lakes is the question, especially with Canada going to into a trade agreement with China (The world's pontential economic superpower of C. 2050 - 2100) set to rival ours with Canada; ...

Jul 16, 2013

"A vivid, scientifically based forecast of our planet in forty years, distilling cutting-edge research into these world-changing forces: *demographic trends; *natural resource demand; *climate change; *globalization.

The world's population is exploding, wild species are vanishing, our environment is degrading, and the cost of resources from oil to water are going nowhere but up. What kind of world are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? The news is both alarmingly bad and surprisingly good."

I found this to be a very interesting book, with both optimistic and pessimistic forecasts for the future. If even some of what he suggests actually happens, then we really need to do more work on our individual impact on the environment and the world in general. This is not a quick read, but definitely worth taking the time to get through. I would recommend this to everyone.

Apr 14, 2011

Thoughtful book doesn't show wild changes but more subtle ones brought about by trends. Special emphasis is on the areas north of 45. You'll learn something from this book.

Dec 09, 2010

General overview of trends that should impact the northern regions of the world, but if the global warming forecasts prove correct we likely will live in a dangerous and violent world

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