Climate change: scientists warn of tectonic-volcanic geo-apocalyptic mega-mayhem 6 September 2009Posted by admin in climate, natural hazards.
Tags: climate change, geoscience, natural hazards
Above: John Martin’s ‘The Great Day of His Wrath’ (1853). An understatement, if anything.
University College London will be hosting a colloquium on ‘Climate Forcing of Geological Hazards’ from 15-17 September, which ‘will address relationships between past and contemporary climate change and the triggering of hazardous geological and geomorphological phenomena’. We’re looking at a future of earthquakes, avalanches, tsunamis, collapsing mountains and more volcanic eruptions, apparently. The Guardian has a report on the event today, under the headline ‘Global warming threatens Earth with wave of natural disasters’:
Melting glaciers will set off avalanches, floods and mud flows in the Alps and other mountain ranges; torrential rainfall in the UK is likely to cause widespread erosion; while disappearing Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets threaten to let loose underwater landslides, triggering tsunamis that could even strike the seas around Britain. At the same time the disappearance of ice caps will change the pressures acting on the Earth’s crust and set off volcanic eruptions across the globe.
The report quotes the reliably apocalyptic head of UCL’s Benfield Hazard Research Centre, Professor Bill McGuire: ‘Not only are the oceans and atmosphere conspiring against us, bringing baking temperatures, more powerful storms and floods, but the crust beneath our feet seems likely to join in too’.