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The World in 2050

by Bill Hayes

Laurence C. Smith is a geography professor at UCLA. His new book, The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future examines four powerful global forces and how they might affect the future in 40 years. The forces are human population growth and migration, growing demand for natural resources, globalization, and climate change. SEED Magazine says “The World in 2050 is the best new geography book of the year.”

From the SEED review:

His argument is that there will be winners as well as losers from climate change and the other forces shaping our future. The Arctic rim will be transformed by climate change into a new economic powerhouse. As the ice recedes, ecosystems extend and minerals and fossil fuels are discovered and exploited, the Arctic will become a place of “great human activity, strategic value and economic importance.” The eight nations of the Arctic rim — the US, Canada, Russia, Greenland, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway– will become increasingly prosperous and powerful, he says.