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Gaia Vince

How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World

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Nomad Century by Gaia Vince investigates the impact of human migration on global society, culture, economy, and environment. From refugee camps to smart cities, the book explores how mobility is reshaping our world.

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    Section 1: Climate change is humanity’s biggest challenge.

    The island nation of Kiribati has bought a forest in Fiji to host its citizens when their country eventually goes underwater. And it’s likely it won’t be the only one having to do something like this.

    A temperature rise of 4°C by 2100 will transform the world beyond recognition. Sea levels will have risen by 2 meters and climate change will be killing more people than all the infectious diseases put together. One-third of Bangladeshis live on land that’s vulnerable to sea-level rise.

    Heat waves have become increasingly common. They’re so bad that rice planters in Vietnam now use headlamps to plant at night to avoid the daytime heat. For every degree rise in temperature, humidity goes up six times, making it hard to cool down by sweating.

    The world now experiences more days over 50°C than it did 30 years ago, and wildfires are even happening in the world’s coldest places. We need look no further than recent mega forest fires in Siberia, Greenland, Alaska, and Canada.

    And it’s not just the heat. Floods are washing through villages, cities, and crops on every continent. Hurricanes are becoming more violent. Our roads are melting. And clean water is becoming more scarce.

    These extreme weather disasters are causing lasting damage to communities and increasing levels of hunger as farmland is destroyed. Outbreaks of disease are multiplying as a result of poor sanitation. And we’re already seeing conflicts over limited resources.

    When climate disasters strike, the poor and marginalized fair worse. Girls miss out on their education, women are more likely to lose their jobs, and less-networked people can’t access the information they need to find work or escape danger.

    But hunger, drought, strife, and displacement won’t only impact poorer nations. For instance, in 2021 half of displaced Americans were escaping from climate disasters. And by 2050, half of Cardiff, the capital of Wales, could be underwater.

    So where do we go from here?

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    What is Nomad Century about?

    Nomad Century (2022) proposes a radical solution to the looming climate apocalypse, one that’s as practical as it is controversial. To tackle the effects of climate change, we need to migrate and be more tolerant of those who’ve been forced to move.

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    Nomad Century (2021) explores the intriguing lives of innovators who are breaking free from traditional societal structures and embracing a nomadic existence. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • It offers fascinating insights into the lives of modern-day nomads, showcasing their unique experiences and shedding light on alternative ways of living.
    • The book delves into the societal implications of nomadism and the challenges faced by these individuals, making it thought-provoking and socially relevant.
    • By defying conventional norms, the book challenges readers to reevaluate their own lifestyles and consider new paths to personal fulfillment and freedom.

    Who should read Nomad Century?

    • Supranational bodies trying to tackle the climate crisis
    • Governments dealing with climate migration
    • Scientists, communities, and NGOs

    About the Author

    Gaia Vince is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster whose work has been shown on the BBC and published in New Scientist, the Guardian, and Science magazine. She’s held editorial positions at Nature and New Scientist and became the first woman to win the Royal Society Prize for Science Books for Adventures in the Anthropocene. She’s also the author of Transcendence.

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    The main message of Nomad Century is to explore how traditional indigenous societies can teach us valuable lessons about sustainable living.

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    Nomad Century is worth reading as it offers insights into sustainable living from traditional indigenous societies.

    Who is the author of Nomad Century?

    The author of Nomad Century is Gaia Vince.

    What to read after Nomad Century?

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