An eye-opening account exploring common themes between major disasters and providing important lessons for successful natural hazard mitigation.
Author: Timothy H. Dixon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
What does Japan's 2011 nuclear accident have in common with the 2005 flooding of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina? This thought-provoking book presents a compelling account of recent and historical disasters, both natural and human-caused, drawing out common themes and providing a holistic understanding of hazards, disasters and mitigation, for anyone interested in this important and topical subject. Based on his on-the-ground experience with several major recent disasters, Timothy H. Dixon explores the science, politics and economics behind a variety of disasters and environmental issues, arguing that many of the worst effects are avoidable. He describes examples of planning and safety failures, provides forecasts of future disasters and proposes solutions for hazard mitigation. The book shows how billions of dollars and countless lives could be saved by adopting longer-term thinking for infrastructure planning and building, and argues that better communication is vital in reducing global risks and preventing future catastrophes.
K. H. Hamman reviews Curbing Catastrophe by Timothy Dixon. Numeracy 11.2(
2018). K. H. Hamman reviews A Numerate Life by John Allen Paulos. Numeracy
11.1(2018). J. Hansen reviews Visible Numbers, edited by Miles Kimball and ...
Author: Mircea Pitici
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
An anthology of the year's finest writing on mathematics from around the world, featuring promising new voices as well as some of the foremost names in mathematics.
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disasters? How planning ahead will make a difference. New York: ... Curbing catastrophe natural hazards and risk reduction in the modern world. Cambridge:
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Rethinking the Causes of Giant Earthquakes.” http://www.tectonics.caltech.edu/
outreach/highlights /sumatra/rethink.html Dixon, Timothy H. Curbing Catastrophe:
Author: Ellen Prager
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
The Earth is a beautiful and wondrous planet, but also frustratingly complex and, at times, violent: much of what has made it livable can also cause catastrophe. Volcanic eruptions create land and produce fertile, nutrient-rich soil, but they can also bury forests, fields, and entire towns under ash, mud, lava, and debris. The very forces that create and recycle Earth’s crust also spawn destructive earthquakes and tsunamis. Water and wind bring and spread life, but in hurricanes they can leave devastation in their wake. And while it is the planet’s warmth that enables life to thrive, rapidly increasing temperatures are causing sea levels to rise and weather events to become more extreme. Today, we know more than ever before about the powerful forces that can cause catastrophe, but significant questions remain. Why can’t we better predict some natural disasters? What do scientists know about them already? What do they wish they knew? In Dangerous Earth, marine scientist and science communicator Ellen Prager explores the science of investigating volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, rip currents, and—maybe the most perilous hazard of all—climate change. Each chapter considers a specific hazard, begins with a game-changing historical event (like the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens or the landfall and impacts of Hurricane Harvey), and highlights what remains unknown about these dynamic phenomena. Along the way, we hear from scientists trying to read Earth’s warning signs, pass its messages along to the rest of us, and prevent catastrophic loss. A sweeping tour of some of the most awesome forces on our planet—many tragic, yet nonetheless awe-inspiring—Dangerous Earth is an illuminating journey through the undiscovered, unresolved, and in some cases unimagined mysteries that continue to frustrate and fascinate the world’s leading scientists: the “wish-we-knews” that ignite both our curiosity and global change.
n the space of a few hours on 26 December 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami
resulted in a humanitarian catastrophe on an unprecedented scale. The disaster
left nearly 300,000 dead and thousands of coastal communities destroyed.
Publisher: OECD Publishing
The Indian Ocean tsunami that hit South and Southeast Asia in December 2004 was one of the worst natural calamities of recent times, the scale of the devastation to coastal communities across the region almost incomprehensible. As befits a disaster ...
Here are specific proposals for curbing inflation, reducing budget deficits and ending the sway of the 'shadow economy'.
Author: Stanislav Menshikov
Catastrophe or Catharsis? Lays bare the reasons why the Soviet economic reform has plunged into crisis. In precise, vivid prose, Menshikov describes the exhaustion of the 'command system' in the pre-perestroika era. His book exposes the bureaucratic irresponsibility which, for example, allowed industrial ministries to strip enterprises of their re-investment funds, ensuring that the simple maintenance of production would in time become impossible. Analysing Soviet economic policy during the perestroika years, Menshikov again paints a picture of adventurism and incompetence. We learn of 'black holes' in the state budget, and of how finance ministry officials concealed huge deficits by annexing the savings bank deposits of the population. Menshikov's analysis of the perestroika period is built around a powerfully argued thesis: the Soviet state bureaucracy, he sets out to show, has increasingly fused with the 'shadow economy' to form a new mechanism of fraud, theft and economic disruption. Can total catastrophe be avoided, and can a process of purgation and recovery--that is catharsis--now ensue? Menshikov advances a detailed program for getting economic reform back on track while avoiding a further collapse of living standards. Here are specific proposals for curbing inflation, reducing budget deficits and ending the sway of the 'shadow economy'. These tasks can still be accomplished, the author argues, without sacrificing the interests of the mass of the Soviet population.
... strategic skills of prevention, inter- vention, and rehabilitation measures toward curbing environmental displacement. The Nature of Environmental Displacement
Natural disasters cause devastating environmental displacements that create ...
Author: Veronica P. Fynn
Proceedings of the annual conference held Apr. 16-17, 2009 at York University.
The House - passed version of terrorism insurance contains several incremental
provisions curbing litigation . Injured parties could still sue for damages , but
punitive damages against parties not involved in the terrorist act would be
Author: Jayshree Bose
Category: Disaster insurance
Hurricanes, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods, and forest fires today, the private insurance industry is grappling with the arcane New Generation Mega Disaster concept. This book explores catastrophe insurance in the context of the changi
... danger is that modern defor the Soviet Union . velopments in nuclear
technology exert These three trends testify to the lack strong pressure on political
and military of results in the curbing of armaments , leaders of nuclear powers
both in the ...
It is likely that a public outcry would result which would tighten clamps and create
a post - catastrophe police - state ... Perhaps a more fundamental point in curbing
the hazards of the proliferation of nuclear technology is the question of ...
The principal discouragement to subrogating in many catastrophe cases is that
you cannot sue God . Let ' s face it . Nobody ... fell within three hours . Due to the
alleged improper installation of curbing and gutters , the plaintiff ' s property was ...
These principles , which Jefferson called “ my political faith , ” fit into three basic
categories : restoring civil liberties ; curbing the excessive growth and power of
the national government , particularly of its executive branch ; and protecting
Author: Edward J. Larson
A vivid retelling of the presidential election campaign between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson describes the fierce rivalry that was called "America's Second Revolution" and reveals the pivotal roles played by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evolution. 100,000 first printing.
Based Upon a Sociological Study of the Halifax Disaster Samuel Henry Prince. of
speculation , and ... Similarly , the value of English in curbing traffic accidents is
coming to be stressed by transportation experts . They urge communities to ...
Instead of a curbing of communism, for which Germany and her sympathizers
hoped, communism has reached its widest penetration the world over. This is not
stated with any partiality for communism, but solely from the point of view of an ...
The Left Parties in Spain represent to these people the acme of horror , and some
even think that Mussolini has rendered a service by curbing Communism at
France ' s back door . " I then saw Reynaud , who was nervous and unhappy .
Author: Igorʹ Aleksandrovich RezanovPublish On: 1984
Prevention of Mudflows The possibilities of man's fight against the insidious
destructive forces of Nature can be demonstrated from the ' curbing ' of a mudflow
in the area of Alma - Ata , the capital of the Kazakh SSR . A mudflow is a flow ...
Author: Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana. National ConventionPublish On: 2003
UNFPA wishes to associate itself with the theme of this convention " Curbing
Indiscipline in Society - The Role of Religion ... The epidemic has now spread in
the whole world and is leaving in its trail a catastrophe of serious global
Author: Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana. National Convention
Author: National Association for the Promotion of Studies in Religions, Education, Languages, and General Studies (Nigeria)Publish On: 2012
wide - spread violence , which could become a national catastrophe as was the
case in Kenya , for another , it has the tendency of negatively impacting on
children such that they could end up being violent as observed by Ugiagbe :
2010 : 3 .
Author: National Association for the Promotion of Studies in Religions, Education, Languages, and General Studies (Nigeria)