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Dangerous world : natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, and the future of human survival

Author: Marq De Villiers
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Viking Canada ; New York : Penguin Group (USA), 2008.
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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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marq De Villiers
ISBN: 9780670065684 0670065684
OCLC Number: 185022675
Description: vi, 362 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. I. So what's the problem? --
1. Doomsday as a state of mind --
2. Catastrophe in human life : the probability theorem --
pt. II. Context --
3. Our perilous neighborhood : understanding cosmology --
4. This plastic-earth : tectonics and wandering continents --
5. Our ever-changing climate : ice ages now and then --
6. Fragile life : the conundrum of mass extinctions --
pt. III. Peril by peril --
7. The perils without : comets and asteroids --
8. Earthquakes --
9. Volcanoes --
10. Poisonous emissions and noxious gases --
11. Tsunamis --
12. Floods --
13. Vile winds : tropical cyclones and tornadoes --
14. Plague and pandemic --
pt. IV. What is to be done? --
15. Making things worse : acts of God and acts of man --
16. Making things better (i) : mitigating natural calamities --
17. Making things better (ii) : undoing human-made calamities.
Other Titles: Natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, and the future of human survival
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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This book will be published in the United States in December,  2008 under a different title than when it was published in Canada in early 2008. The U.S. title is:  The end :  natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, and the future of human survival. ...
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