Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet

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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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"A volcanologist by training, McGuire discusses large-scale natural disasters in a concise volume for general readers. The treatment is scientific, but the chapter headings and suggested further reading are more in keeping with a popular audience. Illustrations feature effects of such disasters and proposed solutions (e.g., a giant orbiting mirror to reflect the sun's rays back into space to reduce global warming)."--Reference & Research Book News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192805713
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/3/2005
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill McGuire is Professor of Geohazards and Director of the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre. He has authored or edited over a hundred books, papers, and articles, including Apocalypse - a Natural History of Global Disasters; Raging Planet - the Tectonic Threat to Life on Earth; and A Guide to the End of the World - Everything you Never Wanted to Know (OUP 2002). A regular contributor to radio, television, and the press on hazard-related matters, he was the focus of the Carlton Television First Edition programme Disaster Man in 1999 and has presented two disaster-related series for BBC Radio 4.

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Table of Contents

1 The heebie gee-gees : setting the scene 11
2 Defending the Earth 66
3 Tackling the tectonic threat 104
4 Walking the climate change tightrope 158
Epilogue : doom or bloom? 208
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