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An Best Book of the Month, January 2014: In addition to having one of the cooler author names, Funk has
written one of the more fascinating accounts of the coming economic impact of climate change. Rather than exploring the
science or politics of an alarmingly warming world (a la An Inconvenient Truth ( http://www..com/Inconvenient-Truth-Planetary-Emergency-Warming/dp/1594865671/ )), the author has focused exclusively on
the economics and opportunism developing around climate change. The result is part eco-thriller, part adventure story,
part investigative exposé. There’s a wildly speculative and entrepreneurial game being played out there by some
forward-thinking risk takers. Not a hand-wringer among them, these are the gamblers who see profit where others see
doom. Impressively researched over six years, Windfall takes us to the front lines: to the deck of a Canadian
battleship, where the author blasts a machine gun into the ice cap; to formerly frozen Siberian lands, which investors
envision as future mega-farms; to the Sudan, Greenland, Wall Street, and beyond. Like a mashup of Michael Lewis and Mark
Twain, Funk is an intrepid investigator and a lively, smart writer. From eco hedge funds to dam building to desalination
plants, he shows how climate change is creating new opportunities and a potential boon for cowboy entrepreneurs. This is
the rare book that’s both important and highly readable. --Neal Thompson ( http://www..com/gp/feature.html?docId=1001046421 )
Honorable Mention for the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award
The Wall Street Journal:
“In Windfall McKenzie Funk, an intrepid American journalist, reports on the lesser-known victims and profiteers of
climate change brings a dizzyingly abstruse phenomenon down to a more human scale. Mr. Funk leads us away from the
rarefied air of Al Gore and his lethal PowerPoint slides, to mingle with the militiamen, inventors, politicians and
activists trying to find their way through an era of turmoil.”
The Associated Press:
“Funk has written a fun book humanizing the problems of climate change, focused on the colorful entrepreneurs who see
in an increasingly inhospitable world golden opportunities.”
"This exposé of the powers and people that view global warming as an investment opportunity is darkly humorous and
brilliantly researched. Journalist McKenzie Funk looks at the impacts deemed a windfall for 'climate capitalists':
melting ice, drought, sea-level rise and superstorms. He reports far and wide, on the oil-rich far north, where nations
jostle as the ice retreats; blaze-prone California and its burgeoning band of firebreak specialists; water-rich South
Sudan, where large tracts of foreign-owned farmland could become a gold mine as other regions dry up; and beyond."
"The idea that, when it comes to climate change, the meaningful divide isn't between believers and doubters but winners
and losers is at the heart of McKenzie Funk's immersive and startling Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming."
"Most writings on climate change are tedious or polemical. This fabulous book is neither. Journalist McKenzie Funk
travels the globe, mingling with the characters who are cashing in (or preparing to) on global warming: Wall Street land
and water speculators, Greenland secessionists, Israeli snowmakers, Dutch seawall developers, geoengineering patent
trolls, private firefighters, mosquito-abating scientists, Big Oil scenario planners, and African officials overseeing
the first phase of a quixotic 4,7000-mile-long foliage barrier against the encroaching Sahara. Rather than waste our
time on a settled question (duh, it's real!), Funk offers an up-close-and-personal glimpse of climate change's likely
winners—and inevitable losers."
“Some Like it Hot: Forget bitcoin—savvy investors bet on water....In his new book, Windfall: The Booming Business of
Global Warming, McKenzie Funk investigates the profiteers cashing in on the planet's woes."
“In Windfall, McKenzie Funk introduces us to people betting money on our dear planet's decimation. Spoiler: They're
“There have been plenty of books documenting the myriad ways that climate change will take us all down. McKenzie Funk
takes a contrarian approach, reporting on the people—and, in the case of Greenland and Canada, countries—that are poised
to profit handsomely from the coming chaos.”
"Funk's reporting brings him face-to-face with individuals who are investing in planetary crisis. Far from vilifying
these opportunists, he attempts to see the warming world through their eyes. "
"The business of climate change is growing, in other words, at least somewhat because political action on climate
change has so overwhelmingly failed."
Barnes & Noble:
"The bad news is that we're not cutting our carbon emissions. The 'good' news, according to McKenzie Funk's Windfall is
that greedy banks and ambitious entrepreneurs are making billions of dollars on global warming. Much of these new
frontiers of money-making derive from calculated bets on continued failure and warming, not on corrective measures.
Funk's modern day muckraking lends new perspective and detail to mainstream media coverage and the ongoing debates about
climate change. Definitely a conversation starter."
The New Yorker’s Page-Turner:
"Funk's take on global-warming profiteering is as entertaining as it is disturbing."
Kirkus Reviews (STARRED):
“A shocking account of how governments and corporations are confronting the crises caused by global warming… A
well-written, useful global profile emphasizing concrete solutions rather than ideological abstractions.”
"For most of the planet, the specter of global warming is ominous, but as journalist Funk reveals in this startling
book, there are those who view the Earth's dangerous meltdown as a golden opportunity...Funk's original, forthright take
on this little-discussed profit-taking trend in the climate change sweepstakes is very unsettling."
Eliza Griswold, author of The Tenth Parallel:
"Funk's talent shimmers from the pages of Windfall. Here is a brilliant young stylist at work, pushing the boundaries of
investigative journalism and literary non-fiction. With grace, humor and hard-nosed reporting on the startling business
of climate profiteering, he takes us along on a searing ride into the maw of the apocalypse."
Charles Graeber, author of The Good Nurse:
“Funk is a first-rate storyteller who packs adventure and humor in his journalist's bag, and delights in the absurd
details of business as unusual. The result is a meticulously researched romp through the backrooms of the climate change
industry, by turns thrilling and appalling, and ultimately rather important. There's money under the melting ice, and
Funk follows it. Perhaps the only fun book on global climate change you'll ever read.”
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe:
"Smart, daring, and darkly funny, Windfall offers a new take on perhaps the world's most intractable problem. McKenzie
Funk is a gifted storyteller."
Eric Klinenberg, author of Heat Wave and Going Solo:
"Climate change may well be humanity's greatest challenge, but here McKenzie Funk offers definitive evidence that it's
also a great way to make a buck. Windfall is a gripping account of how banks, energy companies, engineers, and
entrepreneurs have turned a global crisis into a golden opportunity, harvesting short-term profits while sowing the
seeds of future ruin. It's an engaging, infuriating, and important story about the way the world works now, and about
the reasons it may not work at all tomorrow."
Donovan Hohn, author of Moby-Duck:
"Exploring the profitable frontiers of climate change, Funk travels the globe like some sort of journalistic special
agent, patrolling the melting Arctic on a Canadian battleship one minute, breakfasting with the son of a Sudanese
warlord the next. His secret weapons: a highly sensitive irony detector and a satirist’s eye for vanities and vices that
Twain would have admired. The result is a wonder, a nonfiction eco-thriller that is disturbing, yes, revelatory, yes,
but also a lot more fun than books about ecological catastrophe are supposed to be."
Jon Mooallem, author of Wild Ones:
"McKenzie Funk has traveled around a planet that's melting, flooding and drying out all at once to meet the peculiar
characters who are making the biggest, amoral hedge of our time: finding the value and opportunity hidden in all this
ecological upheaval. Windfall is a shocking and important book that reads, at times, like dystopian science fiction
written by Michael Lewis. But this unrecognizable world is our world, of course. Funk argues that the people he meets
merely see it more clearly than the rest of us do."
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