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Recent weeks have seen the worst wildfires in Colorado history, the breaking of 2,000 temperature records, a mid-Atlantic storm that killed 23 and left millions without power, and a heat wave that sent the East Coast and the Midwest back to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. But few mainstream meteorologists are talking about climate change.

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Catastrophic convergence, the “collision of political, economic, and environmental disasters,” is the theme of Christian Parenti's epic new book, “Tropic of Chaos.” “Tropic of Chaos” paints a grim picture of what happens when political, economic and environmental disasters meet.

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Christian Parenti, who writes regularly for The Nation magazine, has published a book detailing some of the present and future social impacts of climate change. In an essay on Tom Dispatch.com, he connects the rising cost of bread to the revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East and Northern Africa. (more)

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