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0199606501 / 9780199606504
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24 cm xxii, 554 p. : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: 2008.

A global catastrophic risk is one with the potential to wreak death and destruction on a global scale.

In human history, wars and plagues have done so on more than one occasion, and misguided ideologies and totalitarian regimes have darkened an entire era or a region.

Advances in technology are adding dangers of a new kind.

It could happen again. In Global Catastrophic Risks 25 leading experts look at the gravest risks facing humanity in the 21st century, including asteroid impacts, gamma-ray bursts, Earth-based natural catastrophes, nuclear war, terrorism, global warming, biological weapons, totalitarianism, advanced nanotechnology, general artificial intelligence, and social collapse.

The book also addresses over-arching issues - policy responses and methods for predicting and managing catastrophes.

This is invaluable reading for anyone interested in the big issues of our time; for students focusing on science, society, technology, and public policy; and for academics, policy-makers, and professionals working in these acutely important fields.


GPQD Risk assessment, JFFC Social impact of disasters, PDZ Popular science, RNR Natural disasters

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