Disasters that Changed Australia

Author: Richard Evans

Publisher: Victory Books

ISBN: 0522856497

Category: Nature

Page: 198

View: 863


From natural phenomenon such as Cyclone Tracy, and the Ash Wednesday and Black Friday fires, to key moments in our military history such as Flanders in 1917, and the fall of Singapore, this is an essential guide to understanding the people, the ideas and the events that defined the course of Australia's history.

Natural Disasters That Changed the World

Author: Rodney Castleden

Publisher: Chartwell


Category: History

Page: 576

View: 3243


Over 100 natural disasters are described in this book, including some first-hand accounts of eyewitnesses and survivors: their causes, their impact on people and landscape, their significance for our developing understanding of the world around us.

Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice

Challenges for Australia and Its Neighbours

Author: Anna Lukasiewicz,Claudia Baldwin

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9811504660

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 6105


This book explores policy, legal, and practice implications regarding the emerging field of disaster justice, using case studies of floods, bushfires, heatwaves, and earthquakes in Australia and Southern and South-east Asia. It reveals geographic locational and social disadvantage and structural inequities that lead to increased risk and vulnerability to disaster, and which impact ability to recover post-disaster. Written by multidisciplinary disaster researchers, the book addresses all stages of the disaster management cycle, demonstrating or recommending just approaches to preparation, response and recovery. It notably reveals how procedural, distributional and interactional aspects of justice enhance resilience, and offers a cutting edge analysis of disaster justice for managers, policy makers, researchers in justice, climate change or emergency management.

Great Disasters in Australian History

Author: Jonathan King

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1743312512

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 7958


From the sinking of the Waratah to the West Gate Bridge collapse to the Granville train disaster to the Black Saturday bushfires, here are twenty-three peacetime disasters that changed Australia forever.

The Securitization of Climate Change: Australian and United States' Military Responses (2003 - 2013)

Author: Michael Durant Thomas

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319496581

Category: Political Science

Page: 295

View: 3026


This book examines how the armed forces of the United States and Australia have responded to the threat posed by climate change to national security. Drawing on established securitisation frameworks (‘Copenhagen’ and ‘Paris’ Schools), the author uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques to systematically examine more than 3,500 speeches, policies and doctrinal articles since 2003. Importantly, the author undertakes an examination of the intersection between the political and the military spheres, probing the question of how ideology has influenced the military’s uptake on the issue. In this context, the author identifies the difficulty of an ostensibly apolitical institution responding to what has become both a hyper-political issue and an unprecedented security threat. A close examination of the key political actors – their intent, outlook and political mandate for broader climate action – is therefore crucial to understanding the policy freedom and constraints within which military leaders operate. The book consists of eight chapters divided into four parts, focusing on: perspectives and methodological insights; empirical case studies; case study comparison; and concluding observations. • Offers a rare and systematic examination of military climate policy by a military officer from Australia• Identifies a divergence of Australian military climate policy from that of the US military during the Obama Administration• Develops a unique method that quantifies climate security, enabling a graphical representation for quick and ready reference ideally suited to policy-makers

Agriculture and Resilience in Australia’s North

A Lived Experience

Author: Keith Noble,Tania Dennis,Sarah Larkins

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811383553

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 226

View: 1965


This book examines the mechanisms and strategies farmers in North Australia adopt to manage the setbacks and challenges they face. This social research is based on farmers’ experiences, but also draws on the author’s own experience after his tropical fruit farm was destroyed by two Category 5 cyclones in five years. Through historical analysis, the book compares historic and contemporary aspirations for northern development, and discusses the influence of the built environment on individuals as well as access to health and other social services. Exploring the implications of individual resilience strategies for policy development within the broader context of northern development and evolving environmental governance, the book also highlights the fact that this is occurring in a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene. The book will provide a unique perspective and understanding to government, individuals and industries interested in northern Australia and its relationship to the world

Great Planning Disasters

Author: Peter Hall

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520046023

Category: Architecture

Page: 308

View: 7640


In this "pathology of planning," Peter Hall briskly recounts the histories of five great planning disasters and two near-disasters and analyzes the decisions of the professional bureaucrats, community activists, and politicians involved in the planning process. He draws on an eclectic body of theory from political science, economics, ethics, and long-range future forecasting to suggest ways to forestall such grand mistakes in the future. For this edition, Hall has added a special introduction in which he reflects further on the sequels to these cautionary tales and on the morals planners and citizens should draw from them. Book jacket.

Speaking for Australia

Parliamentary speeches that shaped the nation

Author: Charles Roderick Kemp,Marion Stanton

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781741154474

Category: Political Science

Page: 335

View: 2789


Parliament lies at the heart of Australian life, from irrigation channels to immigration quotas, from wars to women's rights, the concerns of the nation are reflected in the speeches of its representatives. This book is a fascinating record of a century of Australian public life.

Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation

Author: Jean P. Palutikof,Sarah L. Boulter,Jon Barnett,David Rissik

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111884503X

Category: Science

Page: 496

View: 7577


The book advances knowledge about climate change adaptationpractices through a series of case studies. It presents importantevidence about adaptation practices in agriculture, businesses, thecoastal zone, community services, disaster management, ecosystems,indigneous populations, and settlements and infrastructure. Inaddition to 38 case studies across these sectors, the book containshorizon-scoping essays from international experts in adaptationresearch, including Hallie Eakin, Susanne Moser, Jonathon Overpeck,Bill Solecki, and Gary Yohe. Australia’s social-ecological systems have a long historyof adapting to climate variability and change, and in recentdecades has been a world-leader in implementing and researchingadaptation, making this book of universal relevance to all thoseworking to adapt our environment and societies to climatechange.