Confronting Catastrophe

New Perspectives on Natural Disasters

Author: N.A

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195216967

Category: Science

Page: 282

View: 1830

The current models habitually used to interpret disasters are now decades old and relate to a time when society held markedly different views. The author of this provocative new book, a physical geographer and survivor of a major earthquake in southern Italy (1980), reconceptualizes the story of disaster in terms of present-day trends and tendencies.

Confronting Catastrophe

A GIS Handbook

Author: R. W. Greene

Publisher: ESRI, Inc.

ISBN: 9781589480407

Category: Computers

Page: 140

View: 7093

Explores the benefits that GIS technology can offer public officials and IT managers when planning for and reacting to disaster events such as fires, hurricanes, or attacks.

Confronting Catastrophe

New Perspectives on Natural Disasters

Author: David E. Alexander

Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press

ISBN: 9781903544006

Category: Natural disasters

Page: 282

View: 1394

Confronting Catastrophe addresses natural disasters in terms of the issues arising from globalization, technological development and consumer culture. These factors have profoundly altered social and economic values, and international relations have responded to a new balance of forces and ideologies. Beginning by examining the theoretical underpinnings of academic and applied work the author then considers cultural, economic and historical changes in relation to the impact of disasters on human societies. Special attention is given to the effects of new technologies on vulnerability to natural catastrophe and to the difference in impacts between industrialized nations and developing countries. It is argued that, far from being exceptional events, disasters are a normal part of life and a substantial influence on most human cultures.

Catastrophic Risk

Analysis and Management

Author: Erik Banks

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470015454

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 190

View: 7453

Catastrophic risk is one of the most significant and challenging areas of corporate risk management. Analyze this risk for your company with Catastrophic Risk and make sure you have sufficient resources to absorb losses and avoid financial distress. The first comprehensive volume to address this topic from a financial perspective, this book is a guide to the worst financial risks threatening companies and industries today. Author Eric Banks begins with a consideration of ?catastrophe? and its mplications, looks at the state of actuarial and financial modelling of catastrophe risks, and discusses the creation of a risk management framework that will enable the efficient and secure management of exposure. Catastrophic Risk is essential reading if you're a corporate treasurer, CFO, or insurance/financial risk manager responsible for corporate risk management. Order your copy today.


A History and Theory of an Operative Concept

Author: Nitzan Lebovic,Andreas Killen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110312581

Category: History

Page: 207

View: 7645

Catastrophic scenarios control our contemporary mindset. Catastrophic events and predictions have spurred new interest in re-examining the history of earlier disasters and the social and conceptual resources they have mobilized. The essays gathered in this volume reconsider the history and theory of different catastrophes and their aftermath.

The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment

Author: Louise Westling

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107655714

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

View: 7057

The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment is an authoritative guide to the exciting new interdisciplinary field of environmental literary criticism. The collection traces the development of ecocriticism from its origins in European pastoral literature and offers fifteen rigorous but accessible essays on the present state of environmental literary scholarship. Contributions from leading experts in the field probe a range of issues, including the place of the human within nature, ecofeminism and gender, engagements with European philosophy and the biological sciences, critical animal studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and climate change. A chronology of key publications and bibliography provide ample resources for further reading, making The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment an essential guide for students, teachers, and scholars working in this rapidly developing area of study.

Climate Change in Bangladesh

Confronting Impending Disasters

Author: Harun Rasid,Bimal Paul

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739183540

Category: Science

Page: 252

View: 4657

This book provides an essential interdisciplinary text on climate change and sea level rise in Bangladesh for undergraduate and graduate students of geography, environmental studies, sociology, anthropology, political science and others. Furthermore, it is an invaluable resource for managers and planners of the government of Bangladesh and several international agencies, including the United Nations, UNDP, UNEP, ADB, who are involved in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Successful Response Starts with a Map

Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Management

Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Board on Earth Sciences and Resources,Mapping Science Committee,Committee on Planning for Catastrophe: A Blueprint for Improving Geospatial Data, Tools, and Infrastructure

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309179119

Category: Science

Page: 198

View: 9168

In the past few years the United States has experienced a series of disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which have severely taxed and in many cases overwhelmed responding agencies. In all aspects of emergency management, geospatial data and tools have the potential to help save lives, limit damage, and reduce the costs of dealing with emergencies. Great strides have been made in the past four decades in the development of geospatial data and tools that describe locations of objects on the Earth's surface and make it possible for anyone with access to the Internet to witness the magnitude of a disaster. However, the effectiveness of any technology is as much about the human systems in which it is embedded as about the technology itself. Successful Response Starts with a Map assesses the status of the use of geospatial data, tools, and infrastructure in disaster management, and recommends ways to increase and improve their use. This book explores emergency planning and response; how geospatial data and tools are currently being used in this field; the current policies that govern their use; various issues related to data accessibility and security; training; and funding. Successful Response Starts with a Map recommends significant investments be made in training of personnel, coordination among agencies, sharing of data and tools, planning and preparedness, and the tools themselves.

Spiritual Bankruptcy

A Prophetic Call to Action

Author: John B. Cobb, Jr.

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426720122

Category: Religion

Page: 183

View: 1543

In these times many people feel that their cherished religious values are held hostage by the forces of secularization and that, as a consequence, society is morally bankrupt. While acknowledging this problem, John Cobb overturns the prevailing expectations by drawing a distinction between secularization and secularism. Secularization, as Cobb uses the term, has a prophetic function. It is a process by which religion is cleansed and refocused on mission and ministry rather than on other-worldly myths and concerns. The uncritical understanding of religion that focuses on religion for its own sake is what Cobb calls secularism. In Cobb’s view, secularization has led to secularism or a culture of consumerism that threatens those very religious convictions many hold dear. After teasing the concepts of secularization and secularism apart, Cobb proposes an alternate path for secularization that will help us reevaluate our relation to our world and each other.

Urban Futures

Critical Commentaries on shaping Cities

Author: Tim Hall,Malcolm Miles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134499914

Category: Architecture

Page: 240

View: 1797

Urban Futures brings together commentaries from a wide range of contemporary disciplines and fields relevant to urban culture, form and society. The book concerns cities in the broadest sense, not just as buildings and spaces, but also as processes and events or sites of occupation, in which meanings are constructed in many ways. The contributors draw on their specialist areas of research to inform current debate, but they also speculate as to how cities will be shaped in the 21st century. Specific areas of research include homeless people's organisations and restoration ecology in brownfield sites in the USA, post-industrial urban landscapes, post-industrial economics, tourism and cultural planning. The book allows each writer to state their own conclusions, but together they suggest that tomorrow's cities will, while remaining locations of difference and contestation, be rapidly evolving systems in which dwellers assume increasing responsibilities and power.

Dancing with Disaster

Environmental Histories, Narratives, and Ethics for Perilous Times

Author: Kate Rigby

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813936896

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 6886

The calamitous impacts of climate change that are beginning to be felt around the world today expose the inextricability of human and natural histories. Arguing for a more complex account of such calamities, Kate Rigby examines a variety of past disasters, from the Black Death of the Middle Ages to the mega-hurricanes of the twenty-first century, revealing the dynamic interaction of diverse human and nonhuman factors in their causation, unfolding, and aftermath. Focusing on the link between the ways disasters are framed by the stories told about them and how people tend to respond to them in practice, Rigby also shows how works of narrative fiction invite ethical reflection on human relations with one another, with our often unruly earthly environs, and with other species in the face of eco-catastrophe. In its investigation of an array of authors from the Romantic period to the present—including Heinrich von Kleist, Mary Shelley, Theodor Storm, Colin Thiele, and Alexis Wright— Dancing with Disaster demonstrates the importance of the environmental humanities in the development of more creative, compassionate, ecologically oriented, and socially just responses to the perils and possibilities of the Anthropocene. Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism

Dreadful Visitations

Confronting Natural Catastrophe in the Age of Enlightenment

Author: Alessa Johns

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136683968

Category: History

Page: 222

View: 2904

First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

La Catastrophe

Mount Pelée and the Destruction of Saint-Pierre, Martinique

Author: Alwyn Scarth

Publisher: Dunedin Academic PressLtd


Category: History

Page: 246

View: 771

On May 8, 1902, on the Caribbean island of Martinique, the volcano Mount Pelée loosed the most terrifying and lethal eruption of the twentieth century. In minutes, it killed 27,000 people and levelled the city of Saint-Pierre. In La Catastrophe, Alwyn Scarth provides a gripping day-by-day and hour-by-hour account of this devastating eruption, based primarily on chilling eyewitness accounts.

FEMA's Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program

Overview and Issues

Author: Francis X. McCarthy

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1437929516


Page: 22

View: 9675

This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), as federal law and a program activity, began in 1997. Congress established a pilot program, which FEMA named ¿Project Impact,¿ to test the concept of investing prior to disasters to reduce the vulnerability of communities to future disasters. Contents of this report: (1) Overview of Pre-Disaster Mitigation: Program Purposes; (2) PDM Legislative and Appropriations History; (3) Mitigation Funding and Studies: Post-Katrina Funding; (4) Issues for Congressional Consideration: The Pace and Breadth of PDM Funding Distribution; Terrorism and Pre-Disaster Mitigation; Methods of Awarding PDM Funds; Allocations vs. Competition. Charts and tables.

Hurricane Katrina and the Forgotten Coast of Mississippi

Author: Susan Cutter,Christopher T. Emrich,Jerry T. Mitchell,Walter W. Piegorsch,Mark M. Smith,Lynn Weber

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139867598

Category: Law

Page: N.A

View: 9399

Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in August 2005 with devastating consequences. Almost all analyses of the disaster have been dedicated to the way the hurricane affected New Orleans. This volume examines the impact of Katrina on southern Mississippi. While communities along Mississippi's Gulf Coast shared the impact, their socioeconomic and demographic compositions varied widely, leading to different types and rates of recovery. This volume furthers our understanding of the pace of recovery and its geographic extent, and explores the role of inequalities in the recovery process and those antecedent conditions that could give rise to a 'recovery divide'. It will be especially appealing to researchers and advanced students of natural disasters and policy makers dealing with disaster consequences and recovery.

Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan . . . and Beyond

Author: Robin Wood

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231507577

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 480

View: 1912

This classic of film criticism, long considered invaluable for its eloquent study of a problematic period in film history, is now substantially updated and revised by the author to include chapters beyond the Reagan era and into the twenty-first century. For the new edition, Robin Wood has written a substantial new preface that explores the interesting double context within which the book can be read-that in which it was written and that in which we find ourselves today. Among the other additions to this new edition are a celebration of modern "screwball" comedies like My Best Friend's Wedding, and an analysis of '90s American and Canadian teen movies in the vein of American Pie, Can't Hardly Wait, and Rollercoaster. Also included are a chapter on Hollywood today that looks at David Fincher and Jim Jarmusch (among others) and an illuminating essay on Day of the Dead.

Die Erdoberfläche

Lebens- und Gestaltungsraum des Menschen : forschungsstrategische und programmatische Leitlinien zukünftiger geomorphologischer Forschung und Lehre

Author: Richard Dikau

Publisher: N.A


Category: Geomorphology

Page: 149

View: 2401


Extreme Naturereignisse im Ostalpenraum

Naturerfahrung im Spätmittelalter und am Beginn der Neuzeit

Author: Christian Rohr

Publisher: Böhlau Verlag Köln Weimar

ISBN: 9783412200428

Category: Climatic changes

Page: 640

View: 1341


Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Law

Page: N.A

View: 5558

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)