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Adapting to extreme events related to natural variability and climate change: the imperative of coupling technology with strong regulation and governance

Kythreotis, Andrew P., Mercer, T. G. and Frostick, L. E. 2013. Adapting to extreme events related to natural variability and climate change: the imperative of coupling technology with strong regulation and governance. Environmental Science & Technology 47 (17) , pp. 9560-9566. 10.1021/es4014294

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Abstract

In recent years there has been an increase in extreme events related to natural variability (such as earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes) and climate change (such as flooding and more extreme weather).1 Developing innovative technologies is crucial in making society more resilient to such events. However, little emphasis has been placed on the role of human decision-making in maximizing the positive impacts of technological developments. This is exacerbated by the lack of appropriate adaptation options and the privatization of existing infrastructure, which can leave people exposed to increasing risk. This work examines the need for more robust government regulation and legislation to complement developments and innovations in technology in order to protect communities against such extreme events.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Publisher: American Chemical Society
ISSN: 0013-936X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:17
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/50383

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