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The first part of the book (&quot;The Push&quot;) identifies key world pressures and trends, for example in urbanization, population aging, energy technology, water supply, immigration, and a historic transfer of wealth and power from west to east. The second part (&quot;The Pull&quot;) describes the emergence of a new region, coined the &quot;Northern Rim&quot;, comprised of the northern United States, Canada, Greenland/Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Russian Federation (named the &quot;NORCs&quot;).
These eight northern countries and their surrounding seas will experience enormous changes over the next 40 years, making the Northern Rim a place of higher human activity and global strategic value than today. THE WORLD IN 2050 [/THE NEW NORTH] describes: - The rapid rise of the world's new megacities... and the two paths they might take (e.g. Singapore vs. Lagos) - The mass migration of life forms to higher latitudes and elevations - and even hybridization between southern and northern species - that is already underway - Why competition for global immigrants will spell success or failure for many developed countries by 2050 - Current contrasts in human age structure that will produce startling shifts in the world's workforce by 2050 - for example Mexico's shrinking migrant worker pool to the United States - The little-noticed battle between energy and water - How the world will begin tracking its water resources from space even across sovereign country borders - in as soon as ten years - Why the world will (and should) increasingly turn to Russia for natural gas. - The unique &quot;Arctic Amplification&quot; of climate change that makes the northern high latitudes the fastest-warming place on Earth (2 - 3 times global average)...especially in winter. - Why Canada has one of the fastest-growing populations in the world, with a growth rate six times greater than China and rivaling that of India.
These eight northern countries and their surrounding seas will experience enormous changes over the next 40 years, making the Northern Rim a place of higher human activity and global strategic value than today.
In 2002, one of the worst famines in Malawi’s history killed thousands of people and forced the Kamkwamba family to the brink of starvation. It also forced William to drop out of school since his father, a maize and tobacco farmer, could no longer afford his school fees. But despite this setback, William was determined to get his education. He began visiting a local library that had just opened in his old primary school funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he discovered a tattered British science book. With only a rudimentary grasp of English, he taught himself basic physics – mainly by studying photos and diagrams. Another book featured windmills on the cover and inspired him to try and build his own.