Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 2, 2014

byBill McGuire

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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, and looks at both the probability of these events happening and our chances of survival. 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. Updated with a number of recent case studies from around the world, this new edition brings our understanding of global disasters and risk research up to date. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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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, and looks at both the probability of these events happening and our chances of survival. From the likely consequences of global warming to...

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 Gr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:September 2, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198715935

ISBN - 13:9780198715931

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Preface1. Planet Earth: in a nutshell2. Global warming: a lot of hot air?3. The Ice Age cometh4. The enemy within - super-eruptions, giant tsunamis, and the coming great quake5. The threat from space - asteroid and comet impactsEpilogueFurther readingIndex