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Ilan Kelman, JC Gaillard & Ben Wisner

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter 10: Human Vulnerability and Resilience to Environmental Hazards

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Human Vulnerability and Resilience to Environmental Hazards
Human Vulnerability and Resilience to Environmental Hazards
Ilan KelmanJC GaillardBen Wisner
Hazards from Nature or Society?
Background

Nature produces phenomena – such as earthquakes, floods, windstorms, and meteorites – which can be hazardous to humanity and so they are termed ‘environmental hazards’ or ‘natural hazards'. They are often said to lead to or ‘cause’ disasters, implying the misnomer ‘natural disasters'. The phrase ‘natural disaster’ misleads because it is based on a misinterpretation that disasters involving environmental hazards are caused by nature without human causality and are the ‘natural’ state of affairs.

Disaster risk can instead be interpreted to comprise three components. One component is hazard, which encompasses environmental hazards. The other two components form a complementary pair. These are vulnerability (susceptibility to ...

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