The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters by Robert Muir-Wood

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Global risk expert Robert Muir-Wood argues that our natural disasters are in fact human ones: We build in the wrong places and in the wrong way, putting brick buildings in earthquake country, timber ones in fire zones, and coastal cities in the paths of hurricanes. We then blindly trust our flood walls and disaster preparations, and when they fail, catastrophes become even more deadly. No society is immune to the twin dangers of complacency and heedless development.

Basic Books: 2016.
ISBN: 9780465060948. 368 pp.
Hardcover. Very good.