The End by Marq De Villiers
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 things getting worse? Are the boundaries between natural and human-caused calamities blurring? Are we part of the problem? If so, what can we do about it?

            In The End, award-winning writer Marq de Villiers examines these questions at a time when there is an urgent need to understand the perils that confront us, to act in such a way as best we can for the inevitable disasters when they come.

            We can do nothing about some natural calamities, but about others we can do a great deal. De Villiers helps us understand which is which, and lays out some provocative ideas for mitigating the damage all such calamities can inflict on us and our world.

            The End is a brilliant and challenging look at what lies ahead, and at what we can do to influence our future.


 

About Marq De Villiers

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MARQ DE VILLIERS is the critically acclaimed author of ten books on exploration, history, politics, and travel, including Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource, which won the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction and has become the definitive book on this global crisis, with editions and foreign translations in more than twenty countries. Born in South Africa, de Villiers has lived on four continents, edited travel publications in ten countries, and is a graduate of the London School of Economics.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published March 30, 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books. 369 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Veteran travel writer de Villiers (Timbuktu, 2007, etc) explores our planet’s destructive tendencies, and it’s a thriller.

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Without discounting the very real impact of climate change, de Villiers (Windswept ) steps back from global warming brinkmanship to suggest that, in fact, “

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in spite of its seemingly endless catalogue of misery and body counts, De Villiers finds a great deal to appreciate in the chaotic workings of the planet and the cosmos.

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