Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

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By (author) Mckenzie Funk

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  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 310 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 232mm x 30mm | 560g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1594204012
  • ISBN 13: 9781594204012
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 236,055

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A fascinating investigation into how people around the globe are cashing in on a warming world McKenzie Funk has spent the last six years reporting around the world on how we are preparing for a warmer planet. Funk shows us that the best way to understand the catastrophe of global warming is to see it through the eyes of those who see it most clearly--as a market opportunity. Global warming's physical impacts can be separated into three broad categories: melt, drought, and deluge. Funk travels to two dozen countries to profile entrepreneurial people who see in each of these forces a potential windfall. The melt is a boon for newly arable, mineral-rich regions of the Arctic, such as Greenland--and for the surprising kings of the manmade snow trade, the Israelis. The process of desalination, vital to Israel's survival, can produce a snowlike by-product that alpine countries use to prolong their ski season. Drought creates opportunities for private firefighters working for insurance companies in California as well as for fund managers backing south Sudanese warlords who control local farmland. As droughts raise food prices globally, there is no more precious asset. The deluge--the rising seas, surging rivers, and superstorms that will threaten island nations and coastal cities--has been our most distant concern, but after Hurricane Sandy and failure after failure to cut global carbon emissions, it is not so distant. For Dutch architects designing floating cities and American scientists patenting hurricane defenses, the race is on. For low-lying countries like Bangladesh, the coming deluge presents an existential threat. Funk visits the front lines of the melt, the drought, and the deluge to make a human accounting of the booming business of global warming. By letting climate change continue unchecked, we are choosing to adapt to a warming world. Containing the resulting surge will be big business; some will benefit, but much of the planet will suffer. McKenzie Funk has investigated both sides, and what he has found will shock us all. To understand how the world is preparing to warm, "Windfall" follows the money.

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McKenzie Funk is a journalist whose work has appeared in "Harper's," "National Geographic," "Rolling Stone," "GQ," "Outside," and "The New York Times." A National Magazine Award and Livingston Award finalist and the winner of the Oakes Prize for Environmental Journalism, he was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where he studied economics and systems thinking. He lives in Seattle with his wife and son.

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"The Associated Press" "Funk has written a fun book humanizing the problems of climate change, focused on the colorful entrepreneurs who see in an increasingly inhospitable world golden opportunities." "Kirkus Reviews "(STARRED): "A shocking account of how governments and corporations are confronting the crises caused by global warming... A well-written, useful global profile emphasizing concrete solutions rather than ideological abstractions." Publishers Weekly" "For most of the planet, the specter of global warming is ominous, but as journalist Funk reveals in this startling book, there are those who view the Earth's dangerous meltdown as a golden opportunity...Funk's original, forthright take on this little-discussed profit-taking trend in the climate change sweepstakes is very unsettling." Eliza Griswold, author of "The Tenth Parallel" "Funk's talent shimmers from the pages of "Windfall." Here is a brilliant young stylist at work, pushing the boundaries of investigative journalism and literary non-fiction. With grace, humor and hard-nosed reporting on the startling business of climate profiteering, he takes us along on a searing ride into the maw of the apocalypse." Charles Graeber, author of "The Good Nurse" "Funk is a first-rate storyteller who packs adventure and humor in his journalist's bag, and delights in the absurd details of business as unusual. The result is a meticulously researched romp through the backrooms of the climate change industry, by turns thrilling and appalling, and ultimately rather important. There's money under the melting ice, and Funk follows it. Perhaps the only fun book on global climate change you'll ever read." Elizabeth Kolbert, author of "Field Notes from a Catastrophe" "Smart, daring, and darkly funny, "Windfall "offers a new take on perhaps the world's most intractable problem. McKenzie Funk is a gifted storyteller." Eric Klinenberg, author of "Heat Wave" and "G