INCOMING: a new short story by Bill McGuire that entwines the two great issues our time: climate change and migration
"I blink away another droplet of sweat and draw Bea's thin frame closer. She looks up at me as I do so; shivering despite the heat. In the darkness, the small girl's face is a pale, featureless smear, but I know it bears a closed expression; the brown eyes possessing the haunted look they have held since the day her mother was killed........"
Read the rest of Bill's new short story INCOMING here for free.
FRANKENSTEIN: 1816 TO 2016
Exactly two hundred years ago this month, the awful volcano weather spawned by the great 1815 eruption of Tambora lit the touch-paper for Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein. Find out more in Bill's most recent OUP blog post at:
2015-16 BICENTENNIAL OF THE GREAT TAMBORA ERUPTION AND THE RESULTING 'YEAR WITHOUT THE SUMMER'
Read Bill McGuire's articles on perhaps the greatest eruption since the last ice age, its far-ranging impact on the global climate, and the lessons it teaches us for the future. Click here.
Bill's LATEST book, WAKING THE GIANT: HOW A CHANGING CLIMATE TRIGGERS EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS AND VOLCANOES.
An astonishing transformation over the last 20,000 years has seen our planet flip from a frigid wasteland into the temperate world upon which our civilisation has grown and thrived. This most dynamic episode in Earth history saw the crust bouncing and bending in response to the melting of the great ice sheets and the filling of the ocean basins; triggering earthquakes, spawning tsunamis and provoking a lively response from the world's volcanoes. Now there are signs that human-induced climate change is encouraging the sleeping giant beneath our feet to stir once again. Could it be that we are on track to bequeath to our children and their children not only a far hotter world, but also a more geologically dangerous one?
WAKING THE GIANT LISTED AS ONE OF THE BEST ECO BOOKS EVERAward-winning environmental journalist and author, Fred Pearce, has ranked Waking the Giant at number five in his list of the best ever eco books. The citation observes: 'Just out, and dreadfully alarming. Bill McGuire, a distinguished geologist and brilliant science writer, charts how changing climate may trigger not just wild weather but also volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Perhaps it already is. The last time that ice caps were melting and sea levels were rising, geology was in overdrive. Faults shuddered, magma melted and mayhem followed. As McGuire persuasively shows, it could be kicking off again. This is science so scary that even the climate scientists widely dismissed as alarmists do not dare speak of it.' For the full list, go to:
Come and hear Bill McGuire speak
Bill will be presenting PROJECT DOOMSDAY: SUPERVOLCANO at New Scientist Live, on Thursday, September 22nd at London's ExCeL Centre. You have 60 minutes to Save the World. Come and see how well you can do! Click here for further details.
Bill will be giving a very short introduction to GLOBAL CATASTROPHES at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Monday, October 10th. Come and be terrified....or at least somewhat concerned. Click here for further details.
As part of the Geological Society's London Lecture Series, Bill will be talking about WAKING THE GIANT: HOW A CHANGING CLIMATE TRIGGERS EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS AND VOLCANOES on Wednesday, December 7th, at the Geological Society.
READ BILL'S QUARTERLY DOOMWATCH COLUMN IN BBC FOCUS MAGAZINE
Be one step ahead of the grim reaper. Keep up to date with those disasters waiting to happen by checking out the latest doom and gloom on the natural catastrophe front. Find out more about Focus magazine at:
READ BILL'S GUARDIAN FEATURE AND FIND OUT HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL SHAKE THE EARTH
Climate change will shake the Earth
NEW, COMPLETELY REVISED EDITION OF VSI GLOBAL CATASTROPHES
A second edition of Bill McGuire's Global Catastgrophes: A Very Short Introduction was published by OUP in August 2014. The book has been completely updated, revised and substantially rewritten in light of the many natural catastrophes that have occurred since the first edition came out in 2005, and incorporates the latest thinking on climate change and the threat of impacts from space.
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