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Montana's Waldron Creek Fire - The 1931 Tragedy and the Forgotten Five (Paperback): Dr Charles Palmer Montana's Waldron Creek Fire - The 1931 Tragedy and the Forgotten Five (Paperback)
Dr Charles Palmer
R516 R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Save R100 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Disaster Survival Guide (Paperback): Marie D. Jones The Disaster Survival Guide (Paperback)
Marie D. Jones
R504 R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Save R88 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Landslide Dynamics: ISDR-ICL Landslide Interactive Teaching Tools - Volume 2: Testing, Risk Management and Country Practices... Landslide Dynamics: ISDR-ICL Landslide Interactive Teaching Tools - Volume 2: Testing, Risk Management and Country Practices (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Kyoji Sassa, Binod Tiwari, Ko-Fei Liu, Mauri McSaveney, Alexander Strom, …
R5,712 R5,327 Discovery Miles 53 270 Save R385 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This interactive book presents comprehensive information on the fundamentals of landslide types and dynamics, while also providing a set of PPT, PDF, and text tools for education and capacity development. It is the second part of a two-volume work created as the core activity of the Sendai Partnerships, the International Consortium of Landslides. The book will be regularly updated and improved over the coming years, based on responses from users and lessons learned during its application.

International Order and the Politics of Disaster (Paperback): Scott D. Watson International Order and the Politics of Disaster (Paperback)
Scott D. Watson
R1,051 Discovery Miles 10 510 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this indispensable and comprehensive text, Scott D. Watson critically examines the current understanding of international order that underpins international disaster management and disaster diplomacy. Based on empirical analysis of the three international disaster management regimes - disaster relief, disaster risk reduction, and disaster migration - and case studies of disaster diplomacy in the United States, Egypt and China, Watson argues that international disaster management and disaster diplomacy are not simply efforts to reduce the impact of disasters or to manage bilateral relations but to reinforce key beliefs about the larger international order. Challenging the conventional understandings of disasters as natural, as exogenous shocks, or as unintended and accidental outcomes of the current order, this text shows how the ideological foundations of the current heterogenous international order produce recurrent disasters. International Order and the Politics of Disaster is a vital source for undergraduate or graduate students interested in international responses to disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, forced migration and displacement, as well as climate change and development.

Natural Hazards - Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes (Hardcover, 5th New edition): Edward A.... Natural Hazards - Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes (Hardcover, 5th New edition)
Edward A. Keller, Duane E. DeVecchio
R6,403 Discovery Miles 64 030 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The new revised fifth edition of Natural Hazards remains the go-to introductory-level survey intended for university and college courses that are concerned with earth processes that have direct, and often sudden and violent, impacts on human society. The text integrates principles of geology, hydrology, meteorology, climatology, oceanography, soil science, ecology, and solar system astronomy. The textbook explains the earth processes that drive hazardous events in an understandable way, illustrates how these processes interact with our civilization, and describes how we can better adjust to their effects. Written by leading scholars in the area, the new edition of this book takes advantage of the greatly expanding amount of information regarding natural hazards, disasters, and catastrophes. The text is designed for learning, with chapters broken into small consumable chunks of content for students. Each chapter opens with a list of learning objectives and ends with revision as well as high-level critical thinking questions. A Concepts in Review feature provides an innovative end-of-chapter section that breaks down the chapter content by parts: reviewing the learning objectives, summary points, important visuals, and key terms. New case studies of hazardous events have been integrated into the text, and students are invited to actively apply their understanding of the five fundamental concepts that serve as a conceptual framework for the text. Figures, illustrations, and photos have been updated throughout. The book is designed for a course in natural hazards for nonscience majors, and a primary goal of the text is to assist instructors in guiding students who may have little background in science to understand physical earth processes as natural hazards and their consequences to society.

Global Disaster Management (Hardcover): Arun Kumar Global Disaster Management (Hardcover)
Arun Kumar
R1,445 R1,129 Discovery Miles 11 290 Save R316 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Disasters are events which disrupt the lives of people and cause large-scale social or economic damage, such as floods, oil spills or major fires. Disaster management refers to the process of managing disasters, including the development of systems to mitigate against and prevent disasters; responding to disasters when they occur; providing relief to communities affected by disasters; and, assisting in the rehabilitation of communities affected by disasters. Disaster management initiatives cover mainly the body of policy and administrative decisions and operational activities, which pertain to the various stages of a disaster at all levels.The objective of this book is to provide readers/students with an integrated understanding of various kinds of initiatives and programmes required to tackle major disasters, hazards and crisis and their control, mitigation/prevention and reduction with special reference to possible management solutions. This book will be devoted mainly to the practical management aspects of disaster mitigation, risk assessment, hazard minimisation and vulnerability analysis.

Natural Disasters - Typhoons & Landslides -- Risk Prediction, Crisis Management & Environmental Impacts (Hardcover): Karina... Natural Disasters - Typhoons & Landslides -- Risk Prediction, Crisis Management & Environmental Impacts (Hardcover)
Karina Linwood
R5,058 Discovery Miles 50 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Typhoons pose a threat for coastal populations, offshore and onshore industries, shipping, agriculture, or forestry. Thus it is of great interest to assess future changes in cyclone activity. Thereby tropical cyclones may change both in frequency and intensity or they may have different track locations, shapes, dimensions or lifetimes. This book discusses risk prediction, crisis management and economic and environmental impacts of typhoons and landslides.

The Resilience Dividend - Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong (Hardcover): Judith Rodin The Resilience Dividend - Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong (Hardcover)
Judith Rodin
R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

New York. Athens. Boston. Tohoku. Newtown. Oslo. West. Wenzhou. New Orleans. Dhaka. Moore. Nairobi.

These communities are just a few among the many that have been hit hard by one of the "wicked problems" of today's world: natural catastrophe, disease and contagion, systems or social collapse. If you haven't been directly touched by one of these disruptions yourself, you are sure to have been affected by them in some way. They harm people, destabilize communities, and threaten organizations and even whole societies.

These problems have become such a part of our world that knowing how to prepare for them, how to respond when they happen, and how to recover from them should be essential skills of modern life for all of us.

We have certainly made progress in this regard, especially in the years since 9/11, but we are still at greater risk than we should be. We can't anticipate every disruption that might come our way, but we can develop an overall approach for dealing with the wicked problems, and formulate specific plans for areas where we and our communities are particularly vulnerable.

"The Resilience Dividend" is both timely and important important as both the severity and frequency of disruptions are increase. We face extreme weather events, rapid population shifts, and global interconnectedness that make us vulnerable to disruptions wherever they take place. What's more, the list of global risks that we face in the coming years is truly daunting: from cyber-attacks to food shortage crises to extreme volatility in energy price. We can no longer assume we are immune to the world's wicked problems, no matter who we are and where we live. It develops both a way of thinking and practical tools for taking action for protecting the world's people and communities and shows how to create a blueprint for change.

Tourism Crisis and Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific (Hardcover): Ulrike Gretzel Tourism Crisis and Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific (Hardcover)
Ulrike Gretzel; Edited by Brent Ritchie, Kom Campiranon; Contributions by Catherine Catherine, Jie Jie, …
R2,439 R2,197 Discovery Miles 21 970 Save R242 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Asia-Pacific area is notable as one of the fastest growing tourism regions and not surprisingly, tourism in this region has become the major driver of global tourism in general. Nonetheless, tourism industries in Asia Pacific have been challenged in recent years by a number of major crises and disasters including terrorism, outbreaks (e.g. SARS and Bird Flu), natural disasters (e.g. tsunamis, bushfires, flooding), and political crisis (e.g. protests and political instability).The aim of this book is to contribute to the understanding of crisis and disaster management generally, but with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific. With chapters contributed by international scholars and practitioners, this book discusses both the theoretical and practical approaches toward successful crisis and disaster management.

Disaster Risk Reduction Approaches in Bangladesh (Hardcover, 2013 ed.): Rajib Shaw, Fuad Mallick, Aminul Islam Disaster Risk Reduction Approaches in Bangladesh (Hardcover, 2013 ed.)
Rajib Shaw, Fuad Mallick, Aminul Islam
R3,933 R3,559 Discovery Miles 35 590 Save R374 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book outlines disaster risk reduction (DRR) approaches in Bangladesh, drawing examples and lessons from the national and community-level programs, projects, and relevant experiences of the country. The content is based on a selection of available documents, a consultative workshop with academicians from different universities undertaking DRR higher education programs, and the editors' own knowledge and experience in the field. Special emphasis is given to analyzing field experiences from academic perspectives, and to highlighting key issues and the policy relevance of disaster risk reduction. The book has three parts: Part I provides the outline and basics of DRR, with examples from a global review and from national policies and priorities. Part II covers seven different hazards in Bangladesh, focusing on both shocks and stresses. Part III provides examples of approaches and issues of DRR practices. The primary target groups for this book are students and researchers in the fields of environment, disaster risk reduction, and climate change studies. The book will provide them with a good idea of the current trend of research in the field and will furnish basic knowledge on this important topic in Bangladesh. Another target group comprises practitioners and policy makers, who will be able to apply collective knowledge to policy and decision making.

So Great the Devastation - The 1916 Flood in Western North Carolina (Paperback): Jessica A. Bandel So Great the Devastation - The 1916 Flood in Western North Carolina (Paperback)
Jessica A. Bandel
R232 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R44 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Deformation and Gravity Change: Indicators of Isostasy, Tectonics, Volcanism, and Climate Change, Vol. II (Paperback, 2010... Deformation and Gravity Change: Indicators of Isostasy, Tectonics, Volcanism, and Climate Change, Vol. II (Paperback, 2010 ed.)
Detlef Wolf, Pablo J. Gonzalez, Jose Fernandez
R3,012 R2,466 Discovery Miles 24 660 Save R546 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During the last decades, the monitoring and modelling of various geodynamic processes have gained ever increasing importance. In particular, temporal variations of the deformation and gravity fields recorded by new types of geodetic measuring techniques and reflecting isostatic, tectonic or volcanic processes in the earth's interior as well as climatologically induced changes on its surface have opened new avenues. The present volume succeeds a similar topical volume published in 2007 and reflects the most recent developments in these fields of research.

Part of the papers in this book were presented at the second workshop on 'Deformation and Gravity Change: Indicators of Isostasy, Tectonics, Volcanism and Climate Change' that took place at the Casa de los Volcanes on Lanzarote, Spain, during March 27-30, 2007. It was jointly organized and supported by the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, the Spanish Council for Scientific Research and the Cabildo Insular de Lanzarote. The workshop also served as the second meeting of the members of the IAG Working Group ICCT2 on 'Dynamic Theories of Deformation and Gravity Fields'.

Building Bottom-up Health and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes (Paperback): Emily Ying Yang Chan Building Bottom-up Health and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes (Paperback)
Emily Ying Yang Chan
R1,053 Discovery Miles 10 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As a backdrop of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (2016-2030), the United Nations pointed out that more than 6 million children still died before the age of five by 2015. At least 1.8 billion people across the world still consumed fecally contaminated drinking water and 2.4 million lacked access to basic sanitation services such as toilets or latrines, while nearly 1,000 children died every day of preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases. Rural areas fare far worse: Children in rural areas are about 1.7 times more likely to die before their fifth birthday as those in urban areas. About 16 per cent of the rural population do not use improved drinking water sources, compared to 4 per cent of the urban population. About 50 per cent of people living in rural areas lack improved sanitation facilities, compared to only 18 per cent of people in urban areas. Far too many one-off rural on-site public health knowledge transfer projects fail to deliver results in the long run, and the knowledge in question cannot be retained in the rural communities after the NGO and development workers are gone. In addition to external constraints, this is often due to a lack of theoretical understanding among NGO practitioners and volunteers and basis for evaluation and improvement of health relief programmes. Based on public health theories and illustrated by relevant examples, this book introduces how health, emergency and disaster preparedness education programmes could be organised in remote rural Asia, which could become useful reference materials for organisers and volunteers of rural development projects. This book is an introductory to intermediate level textbook and reference book for healthcare professionals, fieldworkers, volunteers and students who are interested in promoting health and emergency and disaster risk reduction. The book is developed from the experience and insights gained from the long-established CCOUC Ethnic Minority Health Project in China. It also incorporates new lessons from CCOUC's recent projects in Asia countries like Bhutan, Nepal and Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Asian Development Outlook 2019 - Strengthening Disaster Resilience (Paperback): Asian Development Bank Asian Development Outlook 2019 - Strengthening Disaster Resilience (Paperback)
Asian Development Bank
R992 R909 Discovery Miles 9 090 Save R83 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Provides a comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic issues in developing Asia, including economic growth projections and prospects by country and region. This year's theme chapter explores how to strengthen disaster resilience.

Fatal Isolation - The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003 (Hardcover): Richard C. Keller Fatal Isolation - The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003 (Hardcover)
Richard C. Keller
R831 Discovery Miles 8 310 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a cemetery on the southern outskirts of Paris lie the bodies of nearly a hundred of what some have called the first casualties of global climate change. They were the so-called abandoned victims of the worst natural disaster in French history, the devastating heat wave that struck in August 2003, leaving 15,000 dead. They died alone in Paris and its suburbs, and were then buried at public expense, their bodies unclaimed. They died, and to a great extent lived, unnoticed by their neighbors-their bodies undiscovered in some cases until weeks after their deaths. Fatal Isolation tells the stories of these victims and the catastrophe that took their lives. It explores the multiple narratives of disaster-the official story of the crisis and its aftermath, as presented by the media and the state; the life stories of the individual victims, which both illuminate and challenge the ways we typically perceive natural disasters; and the scientific understandings of disaster and its management. Fatal Isolation is both a social history of risk and vulnerability in the urban landscape and a story of how a city copes with emerging threats and sudden, dramatic change.

Disaster Deferred - A New View of Earthquake Hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (Paperback): Seth Stein Disaster Deferred - A New View of Earthquake Hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (Paperback)
Seth Stein
R611 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R121 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the winter of 1811-12, a series of large earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone-often incorrectly described as the biggest ever to hit the United States-shook the Midwest. Today the federal government ranks the hazard in the Midwest as high as California's and is pressuring communities to undertake expensive preparations for disaster.

Coinciding with the two-hundredth anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes, "Disaster Deferred" revisits these earthquakes, the legends that have grown around them, and the predictions of doom that have followed in their wake. Seth Stein clearly explains the techniques seismologists use to study Midwestern quakes and estimate their danger. Detailing how limited scientific knowledge, bureaucratic instincts, and the media's love of a good story have exaggerated these hazards, Stein calmly debunks the hype surrounding such predictions and encourages the formulation of more sensible, less costly policy. Powered by insider knowledge and an engaging style, "Disaster Deferred" shows how new geological ideas and data, including those from the Global Positioning System, are painting a very different-and much less frightening-picture of the future.

Facing Hydrometeorological Extreme Events - A Governance Issue (Hardcover): Isabelle La Jeunesse, Corinne Larrue Facing Hydrometeorological Extreme Events - A Governance Issue (Hardcover)
Isabelle La Jeunesse, Corinne Larrue
R3,477 Discovery Miles 34 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Provides an understanding of the relationship between social-ecological systems and multilevel governance so that readers can properly deal with hydrometeorological extreme events and hazards Based on field investigations from EU research projects, this book is the first to devote itself to scientific and policy-related knowledge concerning climate change-induced extreme events. It depicts national and international strategies, as well as tools used to improve multilevel governance for the management of hydrometeorological risks. It also demonstrates how these strategies play out over different scales of the decision-making processes. Facing Hydrometeorological Extreme Events: A Governance Issue offers comprehensive coverage of such events as floods, droughts, coastal storms, and wind storms. It showcases real-life success stories of multilevel governance and highlights the individuals involved and the resources mobilized in the decision-making processes. The book starts by presenting a synthesis of hydrometeorological extreme events and their impacts on society. It then demonstrates how societies are organizing themselves to face these extreme events, focusing on the strategies of integration of risk management in governance and public policy. In addition, it includes the results of several EU-funded projects such as CLIMB, STARFLOOD, and INTERREG IVB project DROP. The first book dedicated to hydrometeorological extreme events governance based on field investigations from EU research projects Offers a "multi-hazards" approach--mixing policy, governance, and field investigations' main outputs Features the results of EU-funded projects addressing hydrometeorological extreme events Part of the Hydrometeorological Extreme Events series Facing Hydrometeorological Extreme Events is an ideal book for upper-graduate students, postgraduates, researchers, scientists, and policy-makers working in the field.

Creative Spaces - Seeking the Dynamics of Change in China (Paperback): Denise Gimpel, Bent Nielsen, Paul Bailey Creative Spaces - Seeking the Dynamics of Change in China (Paperback)
Denise Gimpel, Bent Nielsen, Paul Bailey
R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

China is in flux but - as argued by the contributors to this volume - change is neither new to China nor is it unique to that country; similar patterns are found in other times and in other places. Indeed, on the basis of concrete case studies (ranging from Confucius to the Vagina Monologues, from Protestant missionaries to the Chinese avant-garde) and drawing on theoretical insights from different disciplines, the contributors assert that change may be planned but the outcome can never be predicted with any confidence. Rather, there exist creative spaces within which people, ideas and systems interact with uncertain outcomes. As such, by identifying a more sophisticated approach to the complex issues of change, cultural encounters and so-called globalization, this volume not only offers new insights to scholars of other geo-cultural regions; it also throws light on the workings of our 'global' and 'transnational' lives today, in the past and in the future.

Flood Risk Management Strategies and Governance (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Tom Raadgever, Dries Hegger Flood Risk Management Strategies and Governance (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Tom Raadgever, Dries Hegger
R2,419 R2,174 Discovery Miles 21 740 Save R245 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book points out why organisational or governance aspects are essential for implementing a broad and integrated flood risk management approach. It provides key conclusions on resilient, efficient and legitimate flood risk governance arrangements in vulnerable urban areas in Europe. These are translated into concrete recommendations and good practices that can give you new insights and inspire you to improve policies and practices. The book is a way of spreading the results of the EU 7th Framework Project STAR-FLOOD. The project investigated strategies for dealing with flood risks in 18 vulnerable urban regions in 6 European countries: England, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden. STAR-FLOOD focused on governance aspects, from a combined public administration and legal perspective.

Shipwrecks of Coos County (Paperback): H. S. Contino Shipwrecks of Coos County (Paperback)
H. S. Contino
R510 R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Save R42 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

European settlement of Coos County began with a shipwreck. The Captain Lincoln wrecked on the north spit of the Coos Bay in January 1852. The crewmen built a temporary camp out of the ship's sails and named it "Camp Cast-Away." This was the first white settlement in the area. The men eventually traveled overland to Port Orford, where they told other settlers about the Coos Bay and its many natural resources. By December 1853, Coos County was established by the territorial legislature, and several towns were founded; the history of the area had been completely altered by a single shipwreck.

Creative Spaces - Seeking the Dynamics of Change in China (Hardcover): Denise Gimpel, Bent Nielsen, Paul Bailey Creative Spaces - Seeking the Dynamics of Change in China (Hardcover)
Denise Gimpel, Bent Nielsen, Paul Bailey
R1,426 Discovery Miles 14 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

China is in flux but - as argued by the contributors to this volume - change is neither new to China nor is it unique to that country; similar patterns are found in other times and in other places. Indeed, on the basis of concrete case studies (ranging from Confucius to the Vagina Monologues, from Protestant missionaries to the Chinese avant-garde) and drawing on theoretical insights from different disciplines, the contributors assert that change may be planned but the outcome can never be predicted with any confidence. Rather, there exist creative spaces within which people, ideas and systems interact with uncertain outcomes. As such, by identifying a more sophisticated approach to the complex issues of change, cultural encounters and so-called globalization, this volume not only offers new insights to scholars of other geo-cultural regions; it also throws light on the workings of our 'global' and 'transnational' lives today, in the past and in the future.

Flood Risk Management - Global Case Studies of Governance, Policy and Communities (Paperback): Edmund C.Penning- Rowsell,... Flood Risk Management - Global Case Studies of Governance, Policy and Communities (Paperback)
Edmund C.Penning- Rowsell, Matilda Becker
R1,073 Discovery Miles 10 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Our changing climate and more extreme weather events have dramatically increased the number and severity of floods across the world. Demonstrating the diversity of global flood risk management (FRM), this volume covers a range of topics including planning and policy, risk governance and communication, forecasting and warning, and economics. Through short case studies, the range of international examples from North America, Europe, Asia and Africa provide analysis of FRM efforts, processes and issues from human, governance and policy implementation perspectives. Written by an international set of authors, this collection of chapters and case studies will allow the reader to see how floods and flood risk management is experienced in different regions of the world. The way in which institutions manage flood risk is discussed, introducing the notions of realities and social constructions when it comes to risk management. The book will be of great interest to students and professionals of flood, coastal, river and natural hazard management, as well as risk analysis and insurance, demonstrating multiple academic frameworks of analysis and their utility and drawbacks when applied to real-life FRM contexts.

Flash Floods in Egypt (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Abdelazim M. Negm Flash Floods in Egypt (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Abdelazim M. Negm
R4,396 Discovery Miles 43 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book presents the latest findings and information on flash floods in Egypt and presents case studies from various regions throughout the country. The quantitative and qualitative dimensions of these flash floods are discussed on the basis of statistical analysis and field observations. The book covers a broad and diverse range of topics, including evaluation of drainage basins, early warning systems, flash flood investigations, hydrologic simulation, GIS and flash floods, environmental flash floods, hazard management, flash flood monitoring, assessment of flood risks, flash flood vulnerability and mitigation, management of flash floods, prediction and mitigation, and rainfall harvesting and utilization. The book offers a unique source of information on virtually all dimensions of flash floods in Egypt and their environmental impacts, and combines analysis, observations, and experts' hands-on field experience. It also supports the assessment and management of flash floods in Egypt, a country currently facing many challenges in implementing sustainable development plans, mainly because of the severe water scarcity the arid country facing.

Adaptations of Coastal Cities to Global Warming, Sea Level Rise, Climate Change and Endemic Hazards (Paperback, 1st ed. 2020):... Adaptations of Coastal Cities to Global Warming, Sea Level Rise, Climate Change and Endemic Hazards (Paperback, 1st ed. 2020)
Frederic R. Siegel
R1,207 R1,146 Discovery Miles 11 460 Save R61 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book discusses the identification of, solutions to, and management of threats to high population coastal cities and their seaports from global warming, climate change and endemic hazards. These include prevention of sea water intrusion of freshwater coastal aquifers, emplacement of barriers that mitigate the threats from sea level rise, and inundation of urban centers plus those from storm surges that cause flooding and salination of inshore terrain. The book assesses mitigation of the effects of extreme weather events such as drought, and major flooding from heavy rainfall on coastal urban centers, or on associated drainage basins. It also considers how coastal cities can counter vulnerabilities from other physical hazards (e.g., earthquakes - building codes) and health hazards (e.g., pollution, public health response - preparedness) that may be related to a city's geological/geographical location and service as a port of entry for goods and travelers (regional and international). The book also cites the high costs of safeguarding citizen and municipal assets, but notes possible sources of potential funding especially from less developed and developing nations. The book is written to give strong background information to students majoring in environmental sciences or those in other majors with interests in the effects of global warming/climate change, and will be of interest to social scientists, think tank personnel, government planners, and lay persons in environmentally oriented organizations.

The Wave - A Memoir of Life After the Tsunami (Paperback, New): Sonali Deraniyagala The Wave - A Memoir of Life After the Tsunami (Paperback, New)
Sonali Deraniyagala
R283 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R49 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize 2014 The book opens and we are inside the wave: thirty feet high, moving at twenty-five mph, racing two miles inland. And from there into the depths of the author's despair: how to live now that her life has been undone? Sonali Deraniyagala tells her story - the loss of her two boys, her husband, and her parents - without artifice or sentimentality. In the stark language of unfathomable sorrow, anger, and guilt: she struggles through the first months following the tragedy -- someone always at her side to prevent her from harming herself, her whole being furiously clenched against the reality she can't face; and then reluctantly emerging and, over the ensuing years, slowly allowing her memory to function again. Then she goes back through the rich and joyous life she's mourning, from her family's home in London, to the birth of her children, to the year she met her English husband at Cambridge, to her childhood in Colombo while learning the balance between the almost unbearable reminders of her loss and her fundamental need to keep her family, somehow, still with her.

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