The environment as hazard

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Oxford University Press, Jan 5, 1978 - History - 240 pages
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The disastrous effects of natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes are often called Acts of God.' Challenging that view, the long-awaited second edition of this now classic work depicts natural hazards as extreme events in nature that are made even more dangerous by the acts or the neglect of people. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the toll on society resulting from such environmental episodes has changed significantly in several ways\m-\while fatalities from major events have decreased, the number of reported events causing 100 or more deaths, as well as the extent of property damage, has risen steadily. Providing a framework for examining what accounts for these overall trends, THE ENVIRONMENT AS HAZARD offers an understanding of how people around the world deal with fluctuations in the local natural systems of air, water, and terrain.

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ls the Environment Becoming
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Characteristic Appraisals and Maintenance and Change I 146

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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.