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The end : natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, and the future of human survival

Author: Marq De Villiers
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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A Canadian Science Writers Award-winning author presents an analysis of humanity's role in catastrophic natural disasters to consider whether or not such threats are increasing and how they can be managed.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marq De Villiers
ISBN: 9780312365691 0312365691
OCLC Number: 223885730
Notes: Originally published in Canada as Dangerous world by Viking Canada.
Description: vi, 362 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. 1: So what's the problem? Doomsday as a state of mind ; Catastrophe in human life : the probability theorem --
pt. 2: Context. Our perilous neighborhood : understanding cosmology ; This plastic earth : plate tectonics and wandering continents ; Our ever-changing climate : ice ages now and then ; Fragile life : the conundrum of mass extinctions --
pt. 3: Peril by peril. The perils without : comets and asteroids ; Earthquakes ; Volcanoes ; Poisonous emissions and noxious gases ; Tsunamis ; Floods ; Vile winds : tropical cyclones and tornadoes ; Plague and pandemic --
pt. 4: What is to be done? Making things worse : acts of God and acts of man ; Making things better (I): mitigating natural calamities ; Making things better (II): undoing human-made calamities --
Postscript: Can we do it? Will we?
Other Titles: Dangerous world
Responsibility: Marq de Villiers.
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A Canadian Science Writers Award-winning author presents an analysis of humanity's role in catastrophic natural disasters to consider whether or not such threats are increasing and how they can be managed.

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