"Faris reports on the disturbing alliances forming in Europe between environmentalists and anti-immigration groups; the emergence in Brazil due to deforestation of new diseases and redistribution of older ones; how hurricanes—and insurance companies are changing the demographics of the Gulf Coast; the impact of hotter summers on the west coast; the impact of water shortages on the political climate in India and Pakistan; and the land grab taking place in the Artic, posing a host of political and environmental problems. The stories in Forecast are far-flung, and that's the point: Faris succeeds in conveying, with great urgency, that global warming has already and will continue to affect our planet and its inhabitants in ways beyond which most people can comprehend—but that we must, and immediately."—Jessica Rae Patton, E—The Environmental Magazine
"The title Forecast suggests both weather report and a more general prediction of things to come. Yet, interestingly, this book does not leap into a hypothetical global future. Instead, it gives us an account of where and how the brunt of human-induced climate change is being felt right now, using this as an indication of the direction in which we are heading. Each chapter gives a concrete example of how the consequences of our carbon-intensive lifestyles are already being expressed in economics, politics and culture. And it's not pretty . . . A journalist who has lived in Nigeria, Kenya, Turkey and China, Faris is adept at interweaving his own observations and interpretations with those of scientists, social commentators and members of the communities he visits. One of the most insightful and discomforting chapters of his book looks at the way Europe's anti-immigration political parties are strategically adopting the language of sustainability. A key member of the far-right British Nationalist Party tells Faris: 'The point is to start preparing now by putting the ideology and language of environmentalism into nationalism. It's the crisis of the future. That and overpopulation, which are symptoms of exactly the same thing. People that have an irreverence for the land breed like rabbits.' And yet, as Faris points out in a searing epilogue, it is the developing world that is far more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which is fuelled largely by emissions from the developed nations. Emissions know no borders, and neither should responsibility for our environment."—G Magazine
Stephan Faris is a journalist who specializes in writing about the developing world. Since 2000, he has covered Africa, the Middle East, and China for publications including Time, Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly, and Salon. He has lived in Nigeria, Kenya, Turkey, and China. He now lives in Rome with his wife and three-year-old son.
Stephan Faris discusses Forecast and his inspiration for writing the book.