Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: OUP Oxford; New title edition (26 Jan 2006)
Life on earth will come to an end. It's just a matter of when. Global Catastrophes: a Very Short Introduction focuses on the many potential catastrophes facing our planet and our species in the future, and looks at both the probability of these events happening and our chances of survival. Coverage extends from discussion of the likely consequences of the current climate change to the inevitable destruction of the earth in the far future, when it is enveloped by a giant, bloated sun. In between, other 'end of the world scenarios' are examined, including future ice ages, asteroid and comet impacts, supervolcanoes, and mega-tsunamis. The book was originally published in 2002 under the title; A Guide to the End of the World: Everything you Never Wanted to Know.
'‘this is packed with genuinely terrifying scenarios that will ruin the sleep of even die-hard optimists’. The Guardian.
Read an interview with Bill about the book for the OUP 'Very Short Introduction Collumn':