The Flooded Earth
Peter D. Ward. The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps. New York: Basic Books, 2010 ISBN: 978-0465009497. 272 pages. reviewed by Javier Sethness In The Flooded Earth, paleontologist Peter D. Ward repeats a pattern found in a number of other works published in recent years that examine climate change and the environmental crisis. He provides an important account of the deadly implications that climate change could have for the Earth's polar ice caps — and then undermines his own narrative with highly reactionary social and political conclusions. If the dissident German psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich is correct to note that the "consequences" of "serious scientific insight" can be "very often revolutionary"[1] — if it is the case that the responsibility which accompanies knowledge of impending climate catastrophe "weighs," in Marx's words, "like a nightmare on the brains of the living"[2] — it is Ward's review of climatology rather than his political analysis that make