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Cosmic Hazards and Planetary Defense

  • Ram S. Jakhu
  • Joseph N. Pelton
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Part of the Space and Society book series (SPSO)

Abstract

  • Review patterns of global risk of cosmic “black swan” events, such as severe space weather and asteroid impacts; and

  • Consideration of new international coordinative efforts as well as legal and institutional mechanisms to protect humanity against cosmic hazards (i.e., planetary defense).

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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ram S. Jakhu
    • 1
  • Joseph N. Pelton
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute and Centre of Air and Space LawMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS)ArlingtonUSA

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