NPR logo

The End of the World

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1244223/1244224" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
The End of the World

The End of the World

The End of the World

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1244223/1244224" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Have you ever thought about how life on Earth — or even the Earth itself — will end? Will our planet's slow evolution reverse, bringing an end to the age of animals and the oceans, or will we humans orchestrate the end? In this hour, we'll talk with scientists, including Britain's Astronomer Royal, about the end of the world as they see it.

Guests:

Martin Rees
* Author, Our Final Hour, A Scientist's Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's Future in this Century — On Earth and Beyond (Basic Books, 2003)
* U.K.'s Astronomer Royal
* Royal Society Research Professor
* Fellow, King's College University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Don Brownlee
* Co-author, The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World (Times Books, 2003)
* Professor, Astronomy, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Peter Ward
* Co-author, The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World (Times Books, 2003)
Professor, Earth and Space Sciences, and Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington