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Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction

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  • Considers the probability of these sorts of events happening and our chances of survival
  • Looks back at previous global disasters including the ice ages
  • Examines the impact global warming will have on the potential for global catastrophes in future, including changes in emissions, ice melt rates, and migratory measures
  • With updated case studies of recent disasters, including the Japanese tsunami (2011), the Haiti earthquake (2010), Hurricane Sandy (2012), the Philippines typhoon (2013), and what we can learn from them
  • Incorporates recent research on hazard and risk science, global warming, and threats from space
  • Revised and updated further reading section

Series: Very Short Introduction Series (VSI) Volume: 145

By: Bill McGuire(Author)

152 pages, 15 b/w illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Aug 2014 | Edition: 2 | #212428 | ISBN-13: 9780198715931
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Life on earth will come to an end. It's just a matter of when. In this Very Short Introduction, Bill McGuire explores the many potential catastrophes facing our planet and our species in the future.

From the likely consequences of global warming to the inevitable destruction of the earth in the far future, McGuire considers a range of 'end of the world' scenarios, including the New Ice Age, asteroid and comet impact, supervolcanoes, and mega-tsunami.

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1. Planet Earth: in a nutshell
2. Global warming: a lot of hot air?
3. The Ice Age cometh
4. The enemy within - super-eruptions, giant tsunamis, and the coming great quake
5. The threat from space - asteroid and comet impacts

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Bill McGuire is an academic, science writer, and broadcaster. He is currently Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London. He was a member of the UK Government Natural Hazard Working Group established in January 2005, in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami, and in 2010 a member of the Science Advisory Group in Emergencies (SAGE) addressing the Icelandic volcanic ash problem. His latest book Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes published in 2012. He presented the BBC Radio 4 series, Disasters in Waiting and Scientists Under Pressure and the End of the World Reports on Channel 5 and Sky News.

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