Christian Parenti on ‘The Tropic of Chaos’


Hour 1

Parts of Somalia are gripped by the worst famine in 60 years. Conflicts over water, either too scarce or too abundant, are springing up throughout the developing AND developed worlds. Nations like Bangladesh and the Maldives planning for retreat in the face of rising seas. CHRISTIAN PARENTI has traveled the world reporting for his new book, TROPIC OF CHAOS: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. He says a new era of climate war is upon us, with extreme weather brought on by global warming unleashing cascades of unrest and violence from Africa to Asia to the Americas—across a belt of economically- and politically- battered post-colonial states straddling the planet’s mid-latitudes, the “tropic of chaos.”

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