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The double-edged sword of learning from natural disasters (Dec 11)


STaR would like to draw your attention to an upcoming event at the WU Matters series, organized by the Department of Socioeconomics. . .

[The following abstract has been excerpted from the official WU Matters WU Talks site] Floods, hurricanes, and tsunamis: While the frequency of natural disasters has increased rapidly since records began, the casualty rate has sunk dramatically. Why? Rising prosperity and improved infrastructure have curtailed the risks associated with natural disasters, but can we really keep nature under control? Modern disaster prevention measures make the risks appear manageable: Dams, for example, allow us to build settlements in at-​risk areas below sea level. But this apparent security can be deceptive: The most catastrophic natural disasters don’t happen in the most high-​risk areas, but rather in those areas where major risks are considered to be under control, but the preventative measures in place prove to be no match for the forces of nature. Are we unintentionally making natural disasters even more dangerous with our actions? And how should policy makers react?

These and other highly important questions that are at the core of sustainable development will be discussed by STaR WU faculty member Jesús Crespo Cuaresma, together Thomas Plümper from the Department of Socioeconomics.

When? 11.12.2019, starting at 18:00

Where? WU Vienna,  Building LC, Festsaal 1

Please click here to register.

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