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Global Catastrophes and Trends - 9780262518222

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  • Product code: BEDEO
  • ISBN: 9780262518222
  • Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 22.1cm x 17.1cm
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish date: 16/10/2012

Global Catastrophes and Trends (Paperback)

Global Catastrophes and Trends - 9780262518222

Vaclav Smil


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Fundamental change occurs most often in one of two ways: as a "fatal discontinuity," a sudden catastrophic event that is potentially world changing, or as a persistent, gradual trend. Global catastrophes include volcanic eruptions, viral pandemics, wars, and large-scale terrorist attacks; trends are demographic, environmental, economic, and political shifts that unfold over time. In this provocative book, scientist Vaclav Smil takes a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary look at the catastrophes and trends the next fifty years may bring. Smil first looks at rare but cataclysmic events, both natural and human-produced, then at trends of global importance, including the transition from fossil fuels to other energy sources and growing economic and social inequality. He also considers environmental change -- in some ways an amalgam of sudden discontinuities and gradual change -- and assesses the often misunderstood complexities of global warming. Global Catastrophes and Trends does not come down on the side of either doom-and-gloom scenarios or techno-euphoria. Instead, Smil argues that understanding change will help us reverse negative trends and minimize the risk of catastrophe.

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Product Details

  • Product code: BEDEO
  • ISBN: 9780262518222
  • Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 22.1cm x 17.1cm
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish date: 16/10/2012

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