Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet

Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet

by Bill McGuire
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192805711

ISBN-13: 9780192805713

Pub. Date: 09/03/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed a quarter of a million people and shattered the lives of many more. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina killed thousands on the US Gulf Coast and became known as the most expensive-and one of the most destructive-storms ever seen. Such massive catastrophes have happened many times before in Earth's history, and, if we can be certain of…  See more details below

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The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed a quarter of a million people and shattered the lives of many more. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina killed thousands on the US Gulf Coast and became known as the most expensive-and one of the most destructive-storms ever seen. Such massive catastrophes have happened many times before in Earth's history, and, if we can be certain of anything, we can be certain they will happen again-on a far, far greater scale.

But is there anything mere humans can do against such cataclysmic geophysical hazards? In the face of threats ranging from economy-busting earthquakes, volcanic super-eruptions, and collision with vast boulders from space, to the potentially catastrophic dangers of global warming, are there any real alternatives to simply accepting our doom?

Bill McGuire reveals that there are. In Surviving Armageddon he guides us through the latest approaches being researched to prevent global catastrophes, or at least to minimise their effects. The solutions range from the realistic to the bizarre, but he shows that we really can make a genuine bid to tackle all that Nature throws at us - providing we take the threats seriously.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192805713
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/03/2005
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1The heebie gee-gees : setting the scene11
2Defending the Earth66
3Tackling the tectonic threat104
4Walking the climate change tightrope158
Epilogue : doom or bloom?208

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