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Rees, Sir Martin. Our final hour; a scientist's warning.

REES, Sir Martin. Our final hour; a scientist's warning. Perseus, Basic Books. 228p. notes. index. c2003. 0-465-06863-4. $15.00. SA

Reading like a list of inevitable disasters, this book outlines all the possible ways the world might end--with a bang or a whimper. Every possible disaster--from lack of water to genetically engineered plants that destroy natural plants, to nuclear destruction, to chemical warfare, to asteroids hitting the Earth--is discussed and its likelihood evaluated. Rees. a noted scientist, believes that humanity is more at risk now than it has ever been and while he sees some hope. he gives grave warnings about what we must do to protect ourselves and our world. A complete index and list of notes follow his observations, giving credence to his beliefs.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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