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The Resource Facing catastrophe : environmental action for a post-Katrina world, Robert R.M. Verchick

Facing catastrophe : environmental action for a post-Katrina world, Robert R.M. Verchick

Label
Facing catastrophe : environmental action for a post-Katrina world
Title
Facing catastrophe
Title remainder
environmental action for a post-Katrina world
Statement of responsibility
Robert R.M. Verchick
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As Hurricane Katrina 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 contribution to environmental law, the author 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. He also 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, he offers a new vision of disaster law for the next generation
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Verchick, Robert R. M
Dewey number
363.340973
Index
index present
LC call number
GE180
LC item number
.V47 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental protection
  • Emergency management
  • Disasters
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Environmental health
Label
Facing catastrophe : environmental action for a post-Katrina world, Robert R.M. Verchick
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2010
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Go Green. -- Natural infrastructure -- Our incredible shrinking infrastructure -- System failures and fairness deficits -- Tending our gardens -- Be Fair. --Backwater blues -- Disaster justice -- Winds of change -- Keep Safe. -- Precaution and social welfare -- Mapping Katrina -- Planning our futures
Control code
ocn775028268
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed.
Extent
x, 322 p..
Isbn
9780674064256
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1621212
  • (OCoLC)775028268
Label
Facing catastrophe : environmental action for a post-Katrina world, Robert R.M. Verchick
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2010
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Go Green. -- Natural infrastructure -- Our incredible shrinking infrastructure -- System failures and fairness deficits -- Tending our gardens -- Be Fair. --Backwater blues -- Disaster justice -- Winds of change -- Keep Safe. -- Precaution and social welfare -- Mapping Katrina -- Planning our futures
Control code
ocn775028268
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed.
Extent
x, 322 p..
Isbn
9780674064256
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1621212
  • (OCoLC)775028268

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