Table of contents for Global catastrophes and trends : the next fifty years / Vaclav Smil.

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CONTENTS
WHAT TO EXPECT
1 HOW (NOT) TO LOOK AHEAD 
2 FATAL DISCONTINUITIES
 NATURAL CATASTROPHES
 Encounter with extraterrestrial objects
Volcanic megaeruptions and collapses
 Influenza pandemics
 VIOLENT CONFLICTS
 Transformational wars
 Terrorist attacks
 IMAGINABLE SURPRISES 
3	UNFOLDING TRENDS
 ENERGY TRANSITIONS
 Dominant fuels, enduring prime movers
 Solar (Nuclear?) civilization 
 NEW WORLD ORDER 
 Europe¿s place 
 Japan¿s decline 
Muslim choice 
 Russia¿s Way 
 China¿s rise 
 America¿s retreat
	PLACE ON TOP
 Dominance and decline
 Globalization and inequality
4	ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
 GLOBAL WARMING AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
 Rising temperatures
 Ocean¿s rise, dynamics and composition
 Ecosystems and economies
 OTHER GLOBAL CHANGES
 Changing water and nitrogen cycles
 Loss of biodiversity and invasive species
Antimicrobial resistance
 BIOSPHERE¿S INTEGRITY
5	DEALING WITH RISK AND UNCERTAINTY
 RELATIVE FEARS
 Quantifying the odds
 Rational attitudes
ACTING AS RISK MINIMIZERS
THE NEXT 50 YEARS

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Natural disasters.
Environmental risk assessment.