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Global Catastrophic Risks

Nick Bostrom, Milan M. Cirkovic, and Martin J. Rees

Abstract

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, ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570509
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198570509.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Bostrom, editor

Milan M. Cirkovic, editor

Martin J. Rees, author

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