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Cosmic Threats : A Planetary Response (Paperback) (Neville Brown)

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Cosmic Threats: A Planetary Perspective calls for the progressive creation of supra-national institutions intended to protect life on Earth against natural threats, be these terrestrial (pandemics, super-volcanoes, major earthquakes.) or celestial (comets, asteroids, meteor storms). The protection proffered would need to be pre-emptive, though also responsive, reducing the number of adverse events but also their specific consequences. Rancid though the world scene currently looks, this may actually be a good time to look towards a planetary security programme that can build up over a century or more. It would need special international institutions that are sufficiently integrated to cope with the celestial and terrestrial contingencies anticipated, yet not so much a class apart as to be a law unto themselves or a military regime able to ride roughshod over general world opinion. Such an holistic approach to planetary security might prove to be a definitive substitute for war between nations. Professor Brown was the Academic Consultant in a small task force specifically created to advise the government of the day apropos of what British policy to Strategic Ballistic Missile Defence should be. A declassified rendering of his 90,000-word report (published by Mansfield College, Oxford, in 1998) argued firmly against our going down this path because it could lead to a catastrophic arms race. [Subject: Disaster Management, Security Studies]
Number of Pages: 178
Genre: Political Science, Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Services
Author: Neville Brown
Language: English
Street Date: August 1, 2017
TCIN: 52467534
UPC: 9781845197711
Item Number (DPCI): 248-46-0050
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