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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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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New edition edition (May 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019280572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192805720
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,556,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mellor on June 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Global Geophysical Events or Gee-Gees are catastrophes large enough to kill millions of humans and even to threaten our very survival.

Included are earthquakes, volcano super-eruptions, tsunamis, asteroid/comet impact, and global warming.

Bill McGuire explains why each of these can justifiably be called a global threat. Then he discusses what, if anything, can be done to minimise the damage caused.

Right now, for example, a tsunami is waiting to be triggered that would kill half a billion people and wipe out all cities on the coasts of the North Atlantic. It could happen tomorrow, it could happen in ten millenia. And we can't do a thing about it.

In spite of his fast-paced punchy style, McGuire is not a journalist, but a leading geophysical scientist. The text is readable and, more important, it's quotable too! This book will arm you with the facts and reasoning needed to win any after-dinner skeptics' debate.

McGuire, like many earth scientists, is passionately trying to warn the world to reverse global warming. (I'm in the lukewarm camp myself.) Although the book is now 8 years old it is not out of date, as McGuire resisted using the junk science found on both sides in the climate debate. However it has been overtaken by events as the predicted droughts failed to materialise in England and globally there has been no warming for over 10 years. Added to this, McGuire's claimed drawbacks of warming are based on activist press-releases, not science. Nevertheless this chapter is an excellent briefing on the subject of global warming. It is presented in a calmly factual manner instead of the hysterical scare-tactics we have become used to from the AGW side.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. R. Lewis on June 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I always thought that geologists were sensible people, until I recently read this book by Bill McGuire, an academic geologist from London University. He is one among a class of professional doom-mongers who study volanoes and earthquakes for a living, but his prognostications about mainly natural disasters is breathtaking in its arrogance. He would have us believe that we are endangered by gigantic tsunamis from huge landslides, or by impacts from supersize meteorites, or even by supervolcanoes. All is apparently supported by the geological record, although he forgets the enormous timescale over which these phenomena have occurred, and their relative insignificance on a human timescale. Still, there's money to be made from whipping up hysteria, and why let a good opportunity pass by? If thats not enough, he then regales us with AGW, the theory put forward by an alleged consensus of climatologists through the IPCC that CO2 concentration in the air is man-made and destined to turn the earth into a furnace. I have some news for Mr McGuire on that front: the earth is cooling now, and we in Britain have had a sequence of cold winters despite the rise in gas concentration (which in any case is very low at about 0.038%). He clearly believes the crude computer models used to outline these scary scenarios, despite the fact that they fail to account for water vapour and clouds modifying climate. The book was published before Climategate, when the dodgy methods practised by the IPCC was exposed, especially the hockey-stick graph which was deliberately manipulated to delete the Medieval warm period and the Little Ice Age. If you are gullible enough to accept the pseudo-science in this book, beware the future, but if you are rational being, then this book classes as pulp fiction of the worst kind, and to be avoided at all costs.
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