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Natural Disasters Anders Wijkman

Natural Disasters By Anders Wijkman

Natural Disasters by Anders Wijkman


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Originally published in 1984 Natural Disasters questions whether the rich nations' usual response to disaster is any longer adequate. Today, most major disasters are development gone wrong, development which puts millions of poor people on the margins of existence.

Natural Disasters Summary

Natural Disasters: Acts of God or Acts of Man? by Anders Wijkman

Originally published in 1984 Natural Disasters shows how misleading the term natural disaster can be. Forces of nature such as earthquakes, cyclones and extreme variations in weather can trigger disasters, but in many Third World countries it is environmental degradation, poverty and rapid population growth which turn a natural hazard into major disaster. This book questions whether the rich nations' usual response to disaster - fast, short-lived emergency assistance - is any longer adequate. Today, most major disasters are development gone wrong, development which puts millions of poor people on the margins of existence. Disaster relief alone is like bandaging a rapidly growing wound. The appropriate response must include an element of true development - development which reduces rather than increases vulnerability to disasters.

About Anders Wijkman

Anders Wijkman (Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden), Lloyd Timberlake

Table of Contents

Summary Preface Introduction: A Question of Balance 1. Forces of Nature, Acts of Man 2. Droughts: Too Little Water 3. Floods 4. Tropical Cyclones and Other Winds 5. Earthquakes 6. Tsunami and Volcanoes 7. Relief 8. Disasters and Development Appendix Further Reading

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NLS9780367369330
9780367369330
0367369338
Natural Disasters: Acts of God or Acts of Man? by Anders Wijkman
New
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2021-11-11
146
N/A
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