Endless Curiosity

July 7, 2009

Climate Change Consequences

Filed under: Climate Change — Alec @ 1:49 pm

Inspired by a glowing book review in the Economist, I just read an incredible novel, Ultimatum, about the consequences of climate change. It’s set in the year 2032, when an incoming American President has to deal with consequences that are even more dire than previously thought.

As the book review says,

The book may be set in the future, but it is really about today. “Ultimatum” does a better job of convincing the reader about the price the world will pay for its complacency about global warming than any international grandstanding or dry scientific reports.

Commenting about the quality of the book, the Economist says,

The publisher is already describing Mr Glass as the heir to Tom Clancy (for “The Hunt for Red October”) and to Michael Crichton (for “State of Fear”, his diatribe about global warming). “Ultimatum” is better than either of these. The first politico-diplomatic-disaster thriller, Mr Glass’s engrossing work leaves the reader thinking long after the last page is turned.

Interestingly, the reviews on Amazon are very mixed, ranging from 1 to 5 stars. Personally I thought the book was great – it certainly has a very strong message and could almost be considered didactic, but the message is delivered in an entertaining manner and it definitely makes you think.

Perhaps one of the reasons I liked it is that it seems plausible to me. I have no faith that we humans have the will to solve the climate change problem, and, barring some fortuitous technological solution, I suspect we will eventually be faced with the problems with which President Benton is faced.

Here’s the Economist review


  1. Was this the book you were telling me about that you read on the Kindle? Sounds super interesting!

    Comment by Nikki — July 21, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  2. […] 2032 about the confrontation between the U.S. and China over emissions. I previously wrote about it here and highly recommend […]

    Pingback by The Age of Stupid « Endless Curiosity — September 18, 2009 @ 1:39 am

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