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Book Review: Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence by Christian Parenti.

Book Review: Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence by Christian Parenti.

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Christian Parenti has written a solid tour de force on environmentallyinduced
conflict, worldwide, as seen from within the first decade of the
21st century. Indeed, the book title itself—Tropic of Chaos—is derived
from the names of the geo-climatic zone situated between the Tropic of
Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer. And, just as these geo-climatic
zones are now slowly spreading north and south, respectively, so too is
human-induced violence and destruction, as more and more people
engage in a neo-Malthusian competition for fewer and fewer natural
resources. Parenti provides an on-the-ground, first person description of
what this actually feels like for a few of those individuals caught up in
these struggles. He then works backwards, to explain some of the history
and “back story” behind these events.
Christian Parenti has written a solid tour de force on environmentallyinduced
conflict, worldwide, as seen from within the first decade of the
21st century. Indeed, the book title itself—Tropic of Chaos—is derived
from the names of the geo-climatic zone situated between the Tropic of
Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer. And, just as these geo-climatic
zones are now slowly spreading north and south, respectively, so too is
human-induced violence and destruction, as more and more people
engage in a neo-Malthusian competition for fewer and fewer natural
resources. Parenti provides an on-the-ground, first person description of
what this actually feels like for a few of those individuals caught up in
these struggles. He then works backwards, to explain some of the history
and “back story” behind these events.

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Published by: Transformative Studies Institute on May 02, 2012
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