When the Planet Rages: Natural Disasters/Global Warming

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In When the Planet Rages, Charles Officer and Jake Page describe some of the great events of environmental history, from calamities such as the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 (the greatest in recorded hist… [more below]

  • Author: Officer, Charles
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Page Count: 227
  • Publish Date: August 01, 2009
  • ISBN10: 019537701X
  • Language: English
Author: Charles Officer

In When the Planet Rages, Charles Officer and Jake Page describe some of the great events of environmental history, from calamities such as the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 (the greatest in recorded history) and the ice ages, to recent man-made disasters such as Chernobyl, acid rain, and the depletion of the ozone layer. Officer and Page provide fascinating discussions of meteorites and comets; of the demise of mammoths, mastodons, and dinosaurs; and of great floods that have swept the earth. But they also show that human activity can make trouble for nature, discussing the depletion of natural resources (we burn coal and oil at millions of times their natural rate of production), air pollution in Los Angeles and London (where the Killer Smog of 1952 caused the death of some four thousand people), and the pollution of major waterways, like the Chesapeake Bay and Lake Erie. For the paperback edition, the authors have included a new preface, have added material on the recent Sichuan, China earthquake, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina, and discuss such topics as of the (un)predictability of symptoms of global warming.
Ranging from the monumental eruption at Krakatoa to industrial disasters such as the mercury poisoning in Japan`s Minamata Bay, When the Planet Rages will engage anyone concerned with the environment and the natural world.

Author

Officer, Charles

Binding

ISBN10

019537701X

Page Count

227

Published Date

August 01, 2009

Language

ISBN13

9780195377019

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