How the World Will Change With Global Warming

How the World Will Change With Global Warming

by Trausti Valsson


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How the World Will Change With Global Warming by Trausti Valsson

Hotter summers and milder winters have already made most of us aware of what scientists say is a trend towards extensive global warming. Most of the experts accompany their predictions with dire warnings of the resulting rising sea levels and spreading deserts. Trausti Valsson's approach to the problem of global warming is a refreshing look at the advantages that will ensue. With the melting of the sea ice in the north, shipping routes will regularly include the passage north of Siberia and, slightly later, a north-west passage through the Canadian Archipelago. This means that countries bordering the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans will become "closer" to each other and that ships too wide for the Panama and Suez Canals can easily transport oil and other cargoes via the shorter routes over the Arctic Ocean. The warming climate and melting ice will make oil and mineral resources in northern areas easily accessible for exploitation and will make the far north comfortable for human habitation, replacing the living spaces around the central areas of the globe that will become too hot for habitation. Valsson recognizes the fact that the world's climate has changed many times in the past and that the present warming trend is not new. However, he underlines the importance of the international agreements for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which are largely to blame for the current warming trend. He also promotes the view that even in the face of the very many negative consequences, we need to maintain a positive attitude towards the changes that are coming upon us, a refreshing view which he presents through text and a wealth of informative maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789979547273
Publisher: University of Iceland Press
Publication date: 12/01/2006
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents     4
Comments on the book     6
Introduction     7
Global Warming
Warming: The Catalyst of Change
How global climate changes     13
Changes in natural environments     19
Changes in human habitats     25
Three strategies to global warming     31
How Global Patterns Change
Worldview of time and change     37
Changes in weather patterns are nothing new     43
How global structures change     47
The static world of today     53
How Spatial Systems Change
Today's "linear centre" around the globe     59
Today's "ribbon of habitation"     63
The Arctic will make the world global     69
Not a "ribbon world" but a "global world"     75
The Future
The Future Structure of the Globe
Transportation structures     79
Good areas - bad areas     85
Megapatterns of change     91
Spatial structure of the future     97
Impacts on a Global Scale
Areas that will gain     103
Areas that will lose     109
Impact on the global economy     115
Impact on geopolitics     119
The North: The Future Area of the Globe
On how warmthe North will get     125
Exploration, reseach and organizations     131
Environment, Resources and Development     137
Planning processes in the Arctic     143
References for the Chapters     149
Maps and Illustrations     152
Index of Terms and Acromyms     156
Index of Persons and Places     158
Summary     160
Epilogue     161
General References and Websites     162
Glossary     166
Poem on the message of the book     168

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