Global warming’s physical impacts can be separated into
three broad categories: melt, drought, and deluge. Award-winning journalist
McKenzie Funk travels to two dozen countries to profile entrepreneurial people
who see a potential windfall in each of these forces.
The melt is a boon for newly arable, mineral rich regions of
the Arctic, such as Greenland—and for the man-made snow trade. Drought creates
opportunities for private firefighters working for insurance companies, as well
as for fund managers backing south Sudanese warlords who control local farmland. The deluge—rising seas, surging
rivers, and superstorms—has been our most distant concern, but for Dutch
architects designing floating cities and American scientists patenting hurricane
defenses, the race is on.
By letting climate change continue unchecked, we are
choosing to adapt to a warming world. Containing the resulting surge will
benefit some, but much of the planet will suffer. McKenzie Funk has
investigated both sides, and what he has found will shock us all. Download and start listening now!