The Environment as Hazard

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Guilford Press, 1993 - Science - 290 pages
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The Environment as Hazard offers an understanding of how people around the world deal with dramatic fluctuations in the local natural systems of air, water, and terrain. Reviewing recent theoretical and methodological changes in the investigation of natural hazards, the authors describe how research findings are being incorporated into public policy, particularly research on slow cumulative events, technological hazards, the role played by social systems, and the relation of hazards theory to risk analysis. Through vivid examples from a broad sample of countries, this volume illuminates the range of experiences associated with natural hazards. The authors show how modes of coping change with levels of economic development by contrasting hazards in developing countries with those in high income countries - comparing the results of hurricanes in Bangladesh and the United States, and earthquakes in Nicaragua and California.
In new introductory and concluding chapters that supplement the original text, the authors present new global data sets, as well as a trenchant discussion of implications of hazards research for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction and for attempts by the world community to come to grips with the threats of climate change.
  

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Ian Burton is Scientist Emeritus at the Meteorological Service of Canada and Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Robert W. Kates is professor of geography at Clark University. Ian Burton is professor of geography and former director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. Kates and Burton, who have published widely, are the coeditors of "Readings in Resource Management and Conservation," published by the University of Chicago Press.

Gilbert F. White is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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