Disasters That Changed Australia

Author: Richard Evans

Publisher: Victory Books

ISBN: 9780522859461

Category: History

Page: 208

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Australian history is full of disasters. Some are natural but many more are man-made, results of individual or collective stupidity, reckless decisions, or greed. In Disasters that Changed Australia, Richard Evans nominates the worst disasters in an engrossing, insightful account of what happened and why. Picture British General, Douglas Haig through sheer arrogance and determination sending thousands of Australian men into swampy, disease-ridden enemy territory for no strategic gain. Or a feral legion of rabbits let loose on the environment, turning furry friends into an uncontrollable plague. Including Cyclone Tracy, Black Friday, the Snowy Mountains Scheme and the destruction of megafauna thousands of years ago, these are just many of debacles that have defined Australia. Richard Evans goes beneath the familiar stories and myths, and urges us to rethink how we respond to disasters to avoid making the same mistakes again.

Natural Disasters That Changed the World

Author: Rodney Castleden

Publisher: Chartwell


Category: History

Page: 576

View: 7186


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.

Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Author: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107025060

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 582

View: 4821


Extreme weather and climate events, interacting with exposed and vulnerable human and natural systems, can lead to disasters. This Special Report explores the social as well as physical dimensions of weather- and climate-related disasters, considering opportunities for managing risks at local to international scales. SREX was approved and accepted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 18 November 2011 in Kampala, Uganda.

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: 7318


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.

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: 4384


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 Geoffrey Hall

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520046023

Category: Architecture

Page: 308

View: 7187


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 moral planners and citizens should draw from them.

Designing to Heal

Planning and Urban Design Response to Disaster and Conflict

Author: Jenny Donovan


ISBN: 0643106480

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 8209


Designing to Heal explores what happens to communities that have suffered disasters, either natural or man-made, and what planners and urban designers can do to give the affected communities the best possible chance of recovery. It examines the relationship that people have with their surroundings and the profound disruption to people's lives that can occur when that relationship is violently changed; when the familiar settings for their lives are destroyed and family, friends and neighbours are displaced, incapacitated or killed. The book offers a model of the healing process, outlining the emotional journey that people go on as they struggle to rebuild their lives. It outlines the characteristics of the built environment that may facilitate people to travel as smoothly as possible down this road to recovery and suggests elements of the design process that can help achieve this goal. Designing to Heal highlights the importance of thinking about urban design as a way of nurturing hope and creating the optimal conditions to achieve social objectives.

Reporting Disaster on Deadline

A Handbook for Students and Professionals

Author: Kent Collins,Marty Steffens,Lee Wilkins,Greeley Kyle,Esther Thorson,Fred Vultee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0805861661

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 141

View: 5568


This essential resource is among the first to focus specifically and comprehensively on journalistic coverage of disasters. It demonstrates the application of scholarship and theory to professional practice, and includes a crash book template with logistical and information-collection requirements. --

Minerals Yearbook - Area Reports: International Review

2011, V.3, Asia and Pacific

Author: Interior Department, Geological Survey

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9781411336681

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 1461


The Minerals Yearbook is an annual publication that reviews the mineral and material industries of the United States and foreign countries. The Yearbook contains statistical data on materials and minerals and includes information on economic and technical trends and development. The Minerals Yearbook includes chapters on approximately 90 commodities and over 175 countries. This volume of the Minerals Yearbook provides an annual review of mineral production and trade and of mineral-related government and industry developments in more than 175 foreign countries. Each report includes sections on government policies and programs, environmental issues, trade and production data, industry structure and ownership, commodity sector developments, infrastructure, and a summary outlook.