Unnatural Disasters
Case Studies of Human-Induced Environmental Catastrophes
by Angus M. Gunn
November 2003, 160pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-31999-0
$72, £54, 60€, A103

This reference resource describes both the scientific background and the economic and social issues that resulted from environmental disasters resulting primarily from human activity.

This reference resource describes both the scientific background and the economic and social issues that resulted from environmental disasters resulting primarily from human activity. Categorized by the type of tragedy—including coal mine tragedies, dam failures, industrial explosions, and oil spills—this one-stop guide provides students with descriptions of some of the world’s most tragic environmental disasters. Entries clearly describe each disaster by defining the cause, the consequences, and the clean-up efforts.

Readers will learn who the responsible parties were, the effect on the environment and people living in the immediate area, and the economic impact of each disaster. In addition, the long-term consequences, the likelihood of a repeat disaster in the same area, and the measures that have been taken to prevent a repeat incident are discussed. Entries include the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion, the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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