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Catastrophe watch

Super-eruptions, asteroid impacts and cosmic winters—such cataclysmic events, known as gee-gees, are no longer science fiction. The tsunami has helped focus minds on the potential dangers. We must act now

By Bill McGuire   June 2005

London, 30th July 2030. The sky is a menacing iron grey, and has been so since soon after the cataclysmic super-eruption in the US five months earlier. Snow lies half a metre deep on Oxford Street, and on the frozen Thames crowds of men, women and children jostle at stalls to barter for dubious meat scraps to supplement their meagre state rations. Across the planet, millions of people have already died from the cold, while hundreds of millions starve as harvests continue to fail. A combination of freezing conditions and civil strife has triggered the breakdown of society in many…

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