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Published: 01 May 2020

192 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198841340

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Disaster by Choice

How our actions turn natural hazards into catastrophes

Ilan Kelman

  • Offers an uncomfortable truth, that the majority of 'natural disasters' are created or exacerbated by human choices
  • Explores how we can and should act to stop people dying when nature unleashes its powers by asking what can be done to prevent or avoid disasters
  • Considers the social, political, and economic factors involved in our decision making around natural hazards
  • Encourages readers not to accept the complacent narrative of human helplessness in the face of the power of inevitable natural occurrences
  • Describes inspiring examples of effective human action that limits damage, such as managing flooding in Toronto and villages in Bangladesh, and wildfires in Colorado