Guide to Global Hazards

Guide to Global Hazards

Book - 2004
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Firefly Books Ltd

Practical information about dangers around the world.

Instant communication from around the world has raised the level of interest in global hazards. Natural disasters receive immediate coverage, and in some cases their effects can be felt across continents.

This book is a compelling, richly illustrated guide to the many large-scale natural disasters that affect and afflict life on Earth -- both globally and locally. Written in clear, understandable terms, Firefly Guide to Global Hazards is essential reading for anyone interested in or concerned about the environment, geophysics and political affairs. The book provides concise descriptions of all types of hazards and the threats they pose.

Some of the global hazards covered are:

  • Earthquakes, volcanoes, fires
  • Flooding, coastal erosion, tsunami
  • Hurricanes, tornadoes, winds
  • Avalanches, landslides, snow and ice
  • Desertification, drought, famine, diseases
  • Pollution, ozone depletion, global warming
  • Comets, meteorites, mass extinctions

The book uses case histories to explain the causes, effects and some of the solutions for each hazard or disaster. Illustrated with 200 color photographs and drawings and more than 100 maps, charts, tables and diagrams, this book is an encyclopedia for the curious and the concerned.

A practical and informative guide to global hazards and disasters, including all types of weather, volcanoes, earthquakes, the effects of El Niño, climate change, pollution and meteorites, etc.

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This handbook examines 30 types of natural disasters and their consequences, covering both rapid events such as earthquakes and floods, and slower-onset phenomena such as drought and water pollution. Each entry explains the natural processes that lead up to the event, charts worldwide distribution, describes the largest catastrophes, and discusses equipment for detecting and techniques for mitigating the hazard to humans. Numerous color photographs and diagrams are provided. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Buffalo : Firefly Books, 2004, c2003
ISBN: 9781552978153
Branch Call Number: 551 Kov
Characteristics: 256 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps
Additional Contributors: McGuire, Bill 1954-
Alternative Title: Firefly guide to global hazards


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