Magazine article New Internationalist

Extinction

Magazine article New Internationalist

Extinction

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Extinction by Ray Hammond (Macmillan, ISBN 0 333 90726 4)

Ray Hammond's sharp, futuristic eco-disaster novel has been given a grim, unwelcome topicality by the horrific devastation inflicted on vast swathes of Asia by the Boxing Day tsunami.

Extinction is set 50 years from now; a time when climate control has become a reality, but only for those affluent Western nations which can afford to buy the technology from the giant energy corporations which control the weather. The rest of the world struggles to cope with everworsening climate conditions and the human consequences of rising sea levels and widespread flooding. Refugees from inundated countries have taken to the sea in whatever vessels they can find and have lashed these together to form vast, floating islands. These 'environmental refugees', unrecognized by any nation and kept from landfall by the world's navies, eke out a miserable and precarious existence on the South Atlantic seas. Michael Fairfax, a human rights lawyer, takes up their cause and attempts to argue for justice before the international courts. …

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