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The End: Natural Disasters, Manmade Catastrophes, and the Future of Human Survival

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What is the fate of the world as we know it?

Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, pandemics, cosmic radiation, gamma bursts from space, colliding comets, and asteroids—these things used to worry us from time to time, but now they have become the background noise of our culture. Are natural calamities indeed more probable, and more frequent, than they were? Are thin
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published March 4th 2008)
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Elizabeth Trundle
“Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, pandemics, cosmic radiation, gamma bursts from space, colliding comets, and asteroids – these catastrophic events have become a common part of our culture. Are natural calamities now more probable, and more frequent? Are things getting worse? Are we part of the problem? If so, what can we do about it?”

This is the Amazon description of this book. I can’t remember why I read it. I might have just grabbed it off the shelf at the public library. Actuall
De Villiers presents a more balanced view of risks and does not engage in the histrionics of the more alarmist scientists, he writes exceptionally well and is very illuminating on a wide variety of topics, but his credentials as a journalist are not always backed up by a serious understanding of science and the book is rife with small technical errors (it should, perhaps, have been caught on the editing level that a half degree Celsius is NOT equal to 33 degrees Fahrenheit). His conclusions are ...more
This book goes through and describes all the different catastrophes that might lead to our peril; earthquakes, tornadoes, asteroids, nuclear bombs , etc..., and gives a history of what's happened in the past, and what mistakes were made. It finishes up as a precaution to protect our environment,even though it's already repeatedly told us, we're all doomed. On of his points is, if nothing else population density will lead to a lot of human suffering, and even if welearn to better conserve resourc ...more
I wouldn't exactly say I enjoyed this book - it gave me the overwhelming feeling time and time again that humanity is doomed one way or another - but it gave me the information I needed in a straightforward yet not entirely unhumourous manner, so... yay?
Fed my love of apocalypse porn, science and unusual earth events. Plus I learned some stuff.

de Villiers is a good storyteller, and he leads you into the science of what might kill us through a human perspective.

Volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, plague, mandmade catastrophes. They're all there. But I like that he brings reason to the table to understand both our fragility and our longevity.

What a joyful read! A nice overview of what could cause our demise, but not the sort of catastrophe nut, spreading fear and paranoia. It's more sort of an ecological take on the problem, viewing our near future troubles and ways to deal with it. There's a lot of references, and I really enjoyed the scientific rational tone of the book, with no new age crap or end times lunacy.
Very good. More academic than expected, but a good book to put disasters into perspective - looking at all the things we can't do anything about and the things that we can.
Not real impressed. It was very dry in many parts. Expected much more new info. Read like a condensed textbook in many places. Wasn't what I thought it was going to be.
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Born in South Africa, Marq de Villiers is a veteran Canadian journalist and the author of thirteen books on exploration, history, politics, and travel, including Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource (winner of the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction). He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Moscow and through Eastern Europe and spent many years as editor and then publisher of Tor ...more
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