The Resource Natural hazards, unnatural disasters : the economics of effective prevention, the World Bank and the United Nations

Natural hazards, unnatural disasters : the economics of effective prevention, the World Bank and the United Nations

Label
Natural hazards, unnatural disasters : the economics of effective prevention
Title
Natural hazards, unnatural disasters
Title remainder
the economics of effective prevention
Statement of responsibility
the World Bank and the United Nations
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Earthquakes, droughts, floods, and storms are natural hazards, but unnatural disasters are the deaths and damages that result from human acts of omission and commission. Every disaster is unique, but each exposes actions by individuals and governments at different levels that, had they been different, would have resulted in fewer deaths and less damage. Prevention is possible, and this book examines what it takes to do this cost-effectively. Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters looks at disasters primarily through an economic lens. Economists emphasize self-interest to explain how people choose the amount of prevention, insurance, and coping. But lenses can distort as well as sharpen images, so the book also draws from other disciplines: psychology to examine how people may misperceive risks, political science to understand voting patterns, and nutrition science to see how stunting in children after a disaster impairs cognitive abilities and productivity as adults much later. It asks not only the tough questions, but some unexpected ones as well: Should all disasters be prevented? Do disasters increase or decrease conflict? Does foreign aid help or hinder prevention? The answers are not obvious. Peering into the future, it finds that growing cities and a changing climate will shape the disaster prevention landscape. While it is cautious about the future, it is not alarmist
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
363.34/7
Government publication
international or intergovernmental publication
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HC79.D45
LC item number
N416 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Natural hazards, unnatural disasters : the economics of effective prevention, the World Bank and the United Nations
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn692336619
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 254 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9786612906169
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
color illustrations, color maps
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c8b58abd-a1aa-4d35-9a7c-471c95332eec
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b25815751
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)692336619
  • pebcs0821381415

Library Locations

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