At Risk Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability and Disasters

ISBN-10: 0415252164

ISBN-13: 9780415252164

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

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Extreme natural events are not disasters until a vunerable group of people are exposed. Beginning with this premise, 'At risk' examines disasters in terms of what makes people vunerable, looking into the socio-cultural and economic aspects of recent extreme natural events.
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Book details

List price: $75.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/19/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Yasemin Aysan held senior positions at the United Nations Development Programme's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Reduction; served as the Undersecretary-General for Disaster Response and Recovery at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietyIan Davis is currently Senior Professor in Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Development in Lund University, Sweden and Visiting Professor in Cranfield, Oxford Brookes and Kyoto Universities.

Foreword
Preface List of figures and tables
Framework and Theory
The challenge of disasters and our approach
In at the deep end
Conventional views of disaster
What is vulnerability?
Changes since the first edition
The International decade for natural disaster reduction
Convergence and critique
Audiences
Scope and plan of the book
Limits and assumptions
The disaster pressure and release model
The nature of vulnerability
Cause and effects in the disaster pressure model
Time and the chain of explanation
Limits to our knowledge
Global trends and dynamic pressures
Uses of the pressure and release model
Access to resources and coping in adversity
Access to resources - an introduction
New thinking since 1994
'Normal life' - the formal Access model
Coping and access to safety
Vulnerability and Hazard Types
Famine and natural hazards
Introduction
Famines and their causes
Explanations of famine
Complex emergencies, policy famines and human rights
Causes, pressures, unsafe conditions and famine
Access and famines
Policy
Conclusion
Biological hazards
Introduction
What are biological hazards?
Limitations to our treatment of biological hazards
Biological links with other hazards
Livelihoods, resources and disasters
Vulnerability-creating processes
Pressures affecting defences against biological hazards
Root causes and pressures
Steps toward risk reduction
Floods
Introduction
Floods as known risks
Disastrous outcomes for vulnerable people
Floods and vulnerability
Summary: flood prevention and mitigation
Coastal storms
Introduction
The physical hazard
Patterns of vulnerability
Case-studies
Policy responses
Earthquakes and volcanoes
Introduction
Classic case-studies: Guatemala and Mexico
Recent case-studies
Volcanoes and related hazards
Goma, Congo, eruption of Mount Nyiragongo 2002
Policy response and mitigation
Towards a Safer Environment
Towards a safer environment
Towards a safer environment: are statements of intent merely hot air?
From Yokohama to Johannesburg via Geneva
Risk reduction objectives
Notes
Bibliography
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