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‘Eruption’ suggests something sudden, but when the Icelandic volcano Laki erupted in 1783, the process lasted eight months and cast a shadow over the whole of Europe
As the UK battles one of the wettest winters on record, the arrival of this title is certainly timely. After all, floods and the damage, displacement and disease that follow kill more people than any other natural disaster
An early reference to ‘Pontius Pilot’ made my heart sink, but perhaps it was just a typo (the book has many). Unintentional comedy aside, this is a resolutely solemn trudge through its subject matter
It makes perfect sense for the debate about climate change to be dominated by practitioners of the natural sciences: we have to know what is going on before we can decide how to react
Within the raging and highly politicised debate on the realities and seriousness of climate change lies the controversial proposal put forth by David Keith: that global warming could be curbed by injecting pollution into the atmosphere
Geoffrey Parker has secured an enviable reputation as one of the leading historians of early modern Europe. He has decided to branch out and the results are spectacular
It’s difficult to warm to an author who asserts that money is ‘arguably man’s greatest invention’, but Rupert Darwall generally isn’t much of a one for warmth
The Amazon, Ganges, Yangtze, Nile – these rivers physically, economically and spiritually nourish and sustain billions around the world, and are key sources of geopolitical friction. But the future of water is uncertain

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