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Published: 28 August 2014

152 Pages | 20 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198715931

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Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Bill McGuire

Very Short Introductions

  • Explores the different types of global catastrophes that our planet faces
  • Considers the probability of these sorts of events happening and our chances of survival
  • Looks back at previous global disasters including the ice ages
  • Looks at a number of case studies around the world and what we can learn from them
  • Examines the impact global warming will have on the potential for global catastrophes in future
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

New to this Edition:

  • Updated case studies of recent disasters, including the Japanese earthquake and tsunami (2011), the Haiti earthquake (2010), Hurricane Sandy (2012), the Philippines typhoon (2013)
  • Important updates to research on hazard and risk science
  • Updates to reflect the changes in global warming, including changes in emissions, ice melt rates, and migratory measures
  • Include recent research about threats from space
  • Further reading section to be updated