Surviving Armageddon

Surviving Armageddon : Solutions for a Threatened Planet

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The Asian tsunami of December 2004 killed a third of a million people, and made the Earth wobble slightly on its axis. The world was shocked. Yet we know that such massive catastrophes have happened many times before in Earth's history. Could a natural disaster of this magnitude happen again? Certainly. It is only a question of when. And earthquakes and volcanic eruptions aren't the only natural hazards that face us: we have only just begun to monitor the rocks in space that might be coming our way, and some of us have yet to wake up to the dangers of global warming. Can we survive? Yes, replies Bill McGuire. In "Surviving Armageddon" he guides us through the latest approaches being researched to prevent global catastrophes, or at least to minimise their effect. Solutions range from the bizarre - filling the stratosphere with millions of tiny reflective balloons to block the sun's rays, to the realistic - the lubrication of earthquake faults, the capture and storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and rockets to nudge asteroids off collision courses with the Earth. Bill McGuire argues that we can make a genuine bid to get through what nature throws at us - providing we take the risks seriously.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 132 x 196 x 20mm | 421.85g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous black and white illustrations
  • 0192805711
  • 9780192805713

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Surviving Armageddon is a somewhat boisterous romp. Read. And then have a strong drink. Sir Crispin Tickell 'a book that should be read by anyone who is concerned about the future of the world in which we all live' Sir Patrick Moore, Times Higher Education Supplementshow more

Table of contents

Preface; 1. The Heebie Gee-gees; 2. Defending the Earth; 3. Tackling the Tectonic Threat; 4. Walking the Climate Change Tightrope; Epilogue: Doom or Bloom?show more

About Bill McGuire

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.show more

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