Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet

Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet

Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet

Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly, until he know that
every day is Doomsday.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).

No matter how positive your outlook, the entrance of the human race into the third millennium can hardly be considered one of dazzling promise and unbridled optimism. As far as perspectives on the coming centuries are concerned, doom and despondency are without doubt the new rock and roll. As the implications of climate change have become ever more frighteningly apparent and a global crusade against terrorism threatens to destabilize an already creaking framework of nations, pundits and prophets have fallen over themselves to inform us that it can’t be long before our cosy, comfortable world falls apart, or even disappears up its own rogue physics experiment. I know, because I have been just as guilty of promulgating gloom and despair as the next eschatologist. in A Guide to the End of the World: Everything You Never Wanted to Know, I considered—in what I hope was a reasonably informed and balanced manner— those global catastrophes that threaten our world and our . . .

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