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Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World Hardcover - 2010

by Robert R. Verchick


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As Hurricane Katrina vividly revealed, disaster policy in the United States is broken and needs reform. What can we learn from past disasters storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and wildfires about preparing for and responding to future catastrophes? How can these lessons be applied in a future threatened by climate change?

In this bold contribution to environmental law, Robert Verchick argues for a new perspective on disaster law that is based on the principles of environmental protection. His prescription boils down to three simple commands: Go Green, Be Fair, and Keep Safe. Going green means minimizing exposure to hazards by preserving natural buffers and integrating those buffers into artificial systems like levees or seawalls. Being fair means looking after public health, safety, and the environment without increasing personal and social vulnerabilities. Keeping safe means a more cautionary approach when confronting disaster risks.

Verchick argues that government must assume a stronger regulatory role in managing natural infrastructure, distributional fairness, and public risk. He proposes changes to the federal statutes governing environmental impact assessments, wetlands development, air emissions, and flood control, among others. Making a strong case for more transparent governmental decision-making, Verchick offers a new vision of disaster law for the next generation."

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  • Title Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World
  • Author Robert R. Verchick
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition 1st
  • Pages 322
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Harvard University Press, Cambridge
  • Date 06/01/2010
  • Features Bibliography, Dust Cover, Index, Table of Contents
  • ISBN 9780674047914 / 0674047915
  • Weight 1.4 lbs (0.64 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 in (23.62 x 15.75 x 2.54 cm)
  • Library of Congress subjects Emergency management, Environmental protection
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2010003367
  • Dewey Decimal Code 363.340

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  • Choice, 11/01/2010, Page 0
  • Reference and Research Bk News, 11/01/2010, Page 83
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