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READ BILL'S NEW SHORT STORY IN THE SCARLET LEAF REVIEW

Bill's new short story - MADGE AND DAVE HAVE A BABY -  is published in the March edition of the Scarlet Leaf Review. Read the story here.

BILL AT HAY 2017

Friday, May 26th, 2017
Hay Festival
20.30 THERE WAS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR - CAN MODERN FOLK TALES HELP TO UNDERSTAND THESE TROUBLED TIMES?
Bill will be joining writer and activist, Andrew Simms, and artist and playwright, Sarah Woods, to discuss whether - with the world as it is today - stories might make better sense of things than news reports.
Further information here

tO FRY OR TO FREEZE?

Assuming we eventually come to our senses and bring greenhouse gas emissions under control, what concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide should we aim at in the long term? We certainly don't want to fry, but we don't want to freeze either. Read more in Bill's Geological Society of London blog post at:

https://blog.geolsoc.org.uk/2017/01/18/to-fry-or-to-freeze/

You can listen to Bill's podcast on the geological effects of climate change at the same link.

READ BILL'S OBSERVER FEATURE AND FIND OUT HOW CLIMATE CHANGE TRIGGERS EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS AND VOLCANOES

Global warming may not only be causing more destructive hurricanes, it could a,so be shaking the ground beneath our feet.

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:

http://blog.oup.com/2016/06/frankenstein-tambora-volcano-eruption/

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.

Read Bill's Proceedings of the Open University Geological Society  article on the 1815 Tambora eruption here.

Bill's LATEST book, WAKING THE GIANT: HOW A CHANGING CLIMATE TRIGGERS EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS AND VOLCANOES.

ImageAn 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?

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WAKING THE GIANT LISTED AS ONE OF THE BEST ECO BOOKS EVER

Award-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 co-hosting PROJECT DOOMSDAY: SUPERVOLCANO at SMASHFEST  on Thursday, February 16th at the Albany Theatre, Deptford. You have 60 minutes to Save the World. Come and see how well you can do! Click here for further details.

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.

Read Bill's accompanying blog at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/08/global-catastrophes-vsi/