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Global Warming: Designing a Solution
Global warming: Designing a solution
Exercise 8-1. Natural Disasters and Political Survival

Some scholars and practitioners believe that climate change and natural disasters are related. Natural disasters are particularly important because they have the capacity to kill thousands of people, destroy economies, and produce political instability. Two professors have studied the political consequences of disasters and find that countries with large coalitions protect their citizens much better from disasters than countries with small coalitions. For instance, figure 8.1 shows the number of people killed by disasters according to the size of W. This figure shows that countries with large W have a smaller mean number of deaths and smaller variance around it, while countries with small W have a larger mean number ...

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