Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

  • 10h 40m 2s
  • McKenzie Funk
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2014

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 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.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1. COLD RUSH: Canada Defends The Northwest Passage
  • Chapter 2. SHELL GAMES: When an Oil Company Believes in Climate Change
  • Chapter 3. GREENLAND RISING: An Independence Movement Heats Up
  • Chapter 4. FATHER OF INVENTION: Israel Saves the Melting Alps
  • Chapter 5. TOO BIG TO BURN: Public Fires, Private Firefighters
  • Chapter 6. UPHILL TO MONEY Where Water Runs When It Runs Out
  • Chapter 7. FARMLAND GRAB: Wall Street Goes to South Sudan
  • Chapter 8. GREEN WALL, BLACK WALL: Africa Tries to Keep the Sahara at Bay; Europe Tries to Keep Africa at Bay
  • Chapter 9. GREAT WALL OF INDIA: What to Do About the Bangladesh Problem
  • Chapter 10. SEAWALLS FOR SALE: Why the Netherlands loves Sea-Level Rise
  • Chapter 11. BETTER THINGS FOR BETTER LIVING: Climate Genetics
  • Chapter 12. PROBLEM SOLVED: Our Geoengineered Future