de Blij v. Parker, Part II: Climate Change

Mark Safranski of ZenPundit declared de Blij the winner in the first part of our de Blij v. Parker death-match on the cores of the world.

Next up is climate change:

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Who will win this round?

Answer: de Blij, by default.

While Parker teases with a map that appears to promise a discussion on the role of ice formations on human settlement:

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It’s really nothing more than a map of the Global North — an environmentally determinist version of Barnett’s “Global Core.” Indeed it is immediately followed by a map of the G77 nations

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which is actually a pretty good proxy for Barnett’s Global Gap.

By contrast, de Blij uses a similar-looking ice map:

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but expands on it with charts of short-term, medium-term, and long-term climate change:

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de Blij also describes climate change’s effects of primate and human migrations

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Interested on de Blij’s view on climate chage? Check out Catholicgauze’s summary of his speech.

The Score So Far
HJ de Blij’s Why Geography Matters: 2
Geoffrey Parker’s Geopolitics: 0