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At Risk

At Risk - 2nd edition

At Risk - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780203428764

ISBN10: 0203428765

At Risk by Ben Wisner, Piers M. Blaikie, Terry Cannon and Ian Davis - ISBN 9780203428764
Edition: 2ND 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Vitalsource Technologies, Inc.
Published:
International: No
At Risk by Ben Wisner, Piers M. Blaikie, Terry Cannon and Ian Davis - ISBN 9780203428764

ISBN13: 9780203428764

ISBN10: 0203428765

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Summary

Disasters continue to occur on a massive global scale. Here in the US, California alone has been beseiged by mudslides and earthquakes, while the Midwest has flooded and Florida was ravaged by Hurricane Hugo.

At Risk focuses on the underlying social causes of disasters, and suggests ways to integrate them with the natural science causes. The book examines vulnerability, which is central to an understanding of disasters and their prevention. The authors analyze access to various resources, which gives a precise measure of a community's vulnerability, and then applies the concepts laid out to various "hazards that become disasters:" famines and drought, floods, biological hazards, coastal storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides. The final section draws on the findings to suggest pratical and policy solutions for a safer and less vulnerable environment.

Published in the fourth year of the International Decade of Natural Hazard Reduction, At Risk is an important contribution to the literature on disasters and development.