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.
Originally published in Canada as Dangerous world by Viking Canada.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-341) and index.
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
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