Prof Bill McGuire

Prof Bill McGuire

“Get into environmental activism as soon as possible. There really is only one Planet Earth.”

Professor Bill McGuire is a highly respected geophysical academic, specialising in volcanology, climate change and natural disasters. He has been the Professor Emeritus of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London since 1997.

He is the Director of the Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre and has authored and edited over 400 books, papers and articles on volcano instability and hazards, natural disasters and climate change.

As a reporter, Bill has appeared on multiple TV and radio channels for a variety of programmes including Disasters in Waiting (2000) and Scientists Under Pressure (2001) for BBC Radio 4 and also appeared on The End of the World Reports on Channel 5 and Sky News. He was the main contributor and consultant for the BBC Horizon films Supervolcanoes (2000) and Megatsunami – Wave of Destruction (2000).

His written works include A Guide to the End of the World: Everything You Never Wanted to Know (2002), Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet (2005) and Seven Years to Save the Planet (2008). His book Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes (2012) peaked at number five in The Guardian’s Top 10 eco-books.

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McGuire traces this fascinating and disturbing story from the past in order to alert us to present and future perils.
Geographical Magazine

Bless you Bill for your very kind offer to help us stay one step ahead of the rapidly moving developments in environmental science. Your extensive wisdom, calm, sanguine demeanour and guiding words will be invaluable to use. We’re charting a solid course to reforest Kenya and to support the communities on the frontline of climate chaos in a variety of ways. The path won’t be anywhere near as daunting to walk if you are beside us.
Tracey, WordForest

The author succeeds at interpreting complex earth science into compelling reading for a popular audience. Anyone with an interest in climate change, geology, and atmospheric science will enjoy this work.
Jeffrey Beall, Library Journal

Professor Bill McGuire’s new book is a well-timed and beautifully written work on the links between the Earths climate and its geological processes.
The Climate Hub

Just out, and dreadfully alarming. Bill McGuire, a distinguished geologist and brilliant science writer, charts how changing climate may trigger not just wild weather but also volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
The Guardian

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