One thing is for certain about climate change, to borrow the words of the title of the new book written by author, journalist and activist Naomi Klein: it changes everything. Just about a month before her book came out though, so too did another one singing a similar tune: Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy, authored by investigative journalist Mark Schapiro.
Schapiro’s book takes the reader on a journey to the front lines of anthropogenic climate disruption, from a court house in Europe to the corridors of power in Washington, DC, and from deep within the forests of Brazil to the farmlands of California. The thread that ties all of these seemingly disparate locales together is climate change caused by carbon emissions, which Schapiro uses as shorthand for all five of the different types of greenhouses gases.
Another thread tying these places together is the storytelling device Schapiro utilizes, gaining access to both people on the ground literally on the front lines facing the impacts of climate disruption, but also to the power brokers making policy decisions on said impacts. (more…)