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The Resource How the world breaks : life in catastrophe's path, from the Caribbean to Siberia, Stan Cox and Paul Cox

How the world breaks : life in catastrophe's path, from the Caribbean to Siberia, Stan Cox and Paul Cox

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How the world breaks : life in catastrophe's path, from the Caribbean to Siberia
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How the world breaks
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life in catastrophe's path, from the Caribbean to Siberia
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Stan Cox and Paul Cox
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How the world breaks
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life in catastrophes path, from the Caribbean to Siberia
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eng
Summary
"We've always lived on a dangerous planet, but its disasters aren't what they used to be. How the World Breaks gives us a breathtaking new view of crisis and recovery on the unstable landscapes of the Earth's hazard zones. Father and son authors Stan and Paul Cox take us to the explosive fire fronts of overheated Australia, the future lost city of Miami, the fights over whether and how to fortify New York City in the wake of Sandy, the Indonesian mud volcano triggered by natural gas drilling, and other communities that are reimagining their lives after quakes, superstorms, tornadoes, and landslides. In the very decade when we should be rushing to heal the atmosphere and address the enormous inequalities of risk, a strange idea has taken hold of global disaster policy: resilience. Its proponents say that threatened communities must simply learn the art of resilience, adapt to risk, and thereby survive. This doctrine obscures the human hand in creating disasters and requires the planet's most beleaguered people to absorb the rush of floodwaters and the crush of landslides, freeing the world economy to go on undisturbed. The Coxes' great contribution is to pull the disaster debate out of the realm of theory and into the muck and ash of the world's broken places. There we learn that change is more than mere adaptation and life is more than mere survival. Ultimately, How the World Breaks reveals why--unless we address the social, ecological, and economic roots of disaster--millions more people every year will find themselves spiraling into misery. It is essential reading for our time"--
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The scientist author of Any Way You Slice It and his anthropologist son present a tour of the world's greenhouse-affected regions, from central Philippines to the wildfire belts of Australia, in an urgent call to action to address the social, ecological and economic roots of natural disasters
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10518519
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Cox, Stan
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363.34
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Cox, Paul
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  • Natural disasters
  • Human beings
  • Resilience (Personality trait)
  • SCIENCE
  • NATURE
  • Human beings
  • Natural disasters
  • Resilience (Personality trait)
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adult
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life in catastrophe's path, from the Caribbean to Siberia
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How the world breaks : life in catastrophe's path, from the Caribbean to Siberia, Stan Cox and Paul Cox
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
Fire regimes: Australia and Siberia -- Leave it up to Batman: the Philippines -- Neighbors to the sky: New York City -- Every silver lining ... -- Gray goo: East Java, Indonesia -- How to booby-trap a planet -- Foreshock, shock, aftershock: L'Aquila, Italy -- Atlantis of the Americas: Miami, Florida -- Engineer, defend, insure, absorb, leave -- The absorbers: Mumbai, India, and Kampala, Uganda -- Vulnerability seeps in everywhere -- Keeping the lights on: Montserrat, West Indies -- "We do things big here": Greensburg, Kansas, and Joplin, Missouri -- When mountains fall: Uttarakhand State, India -- Epilogue: Rainbow of chaos
Control code
1693695
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
399 pages
Isbn
9781620970126
Lccn
2016018946
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, maps
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  • (Sirsi) i9781620970126
  • (OCoLC)921870525
Label
How the world breaks : life in catastrophe's path, from the Caribbean to Siberia, Stan Cox and Paul Cox
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fire regimes: Australia and Siberia -- Leave it up to Batman: the Philippines -- Neighbors to the sky: New York City -- Every silver lining ... -- Gray goo: East Java, Indonesia -- How to booby-trap a planet -- Foreshock, shock, aftershock: L'Aquila, Italy -- Atlantis of the Americas: Miami, Florida -- Engineer, defend, insure, absorb, leave -- The absorbers: Mumbai, India, and Kampala, Uganda -- Vulnerability seeps in everywhere -- Keeping the lights on: Montserrat, West Indies -- "We do things big here": Greensburg, Kansas, and Joplin, Missouri -- When mountains fall: Uttarakhand State, India -- Epilogue: Rainbow of chaos
Control code
1693695
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
399 pages
Isbn
9781620970126
Lccn
2016018946
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781620970126
  • (OCoLC)921870525

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