Scientists predict the earth is facing 40-to-60 years of climate change, even if emissions of carbon dioxide and other global warming gases stopped today. One inevitable consequence of the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere will be an increase in the frequency and severity of natural disaster events. Global Warming, Natural Hazards, and Emergency Management documents the imperative need for communities to prepare for the coming effects of climate change and provides a series of in-depth, road-tested recommendations on how to reduce risks for communities and businesses.
Frontline Advice for Increasing Defenses and Reducing Impacts of Global Warming
Authored and edited by emergency management and environmental protection professionals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Sierra Club, this book offers case histories from communities across America that have successfully reduced the extent and consequences of natural disasters. These examples are becoming increasingly important to understand and replicate as the risks to communities created by a changing climate rise.
This book recognizes three fundamental principles essential to developing a disaster-prevention strategy:
The protection of natural systems is an important security measure
The reduction of disaster risk, not just response, is of great importance
Local communities must take the lead in prevention efforts
Provides Local Governments with Replicable Case Histories of Hazard Mitigation Efforts
This no-nonsense reference is a procedural roadmap for emergency managers, policy makers, and community officials. It explains how to develop community partnerships among a myriad of stakeholders; identifies staffing and resource requirements for successful programs; and provides a step-by-step demonstration of the disaster-planning process at the community level.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Um...it's a textbook. As easy to read as it is, there isn't a great deal of variety or cohesion in the author's selections. There are many repeated points and topics that make it feel like the rational skeptic is getting brow-beaten about global warming. If global warming was so rampant, wouldn't there be more clear and definite examples they could use, other than the same half a dozen over and over again? That's all I'm saying. If it IS really what they say, they should be able to say definitively these are the hundreds of examples. Instead, all I see are examples of people living, building, and developing where they knew they shouldn't in the first place. The claim that global warming is a definite fact, is undermined by the historical evidence they mention that weather patterns are cyclical, and that people have been getting impacted for decades and even hundreds of years in the same places, but they keep building more house, and encouraging more people to move there. Maybe that's...
Needed it for class. Nothing earth shattering here.
Maybe because is a more a historical account of what has been done locally, regional and nationwide to adapt to climate change. I don't think the authors wanted to compile scientific evidence, just what has been done recently to mitigate the immediate effects. After this winter's vortex, there is no doubt weather is cyclical.
Personally I rather find a balance. Let's no go back to pollution practices, but let's be reasonable when it comes to allowing the economy to grow. The Keystone Pipe should be in place now or we are going to see more and more tragic train accidents transporting oil.
Also, there is a typo on page 121. The Northridge Earthquake was in 1994, not 1995. I was there!
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