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“A Practical Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management: From Home to Abroad serves as an extremely versatile, useful and timely addition to the homeland security field.” – Jason Levy, Virginia Commonwealth University A Practical Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management: From Home to Abroad offers a comprehensive overview of the homeland security field, examining topics such as counter-terrorism, border and infrastructure security, and emergency management. Authors Bruce Newsome and Jack Jarmon take a holistic look at the issues and risks, their solutions, controls, and countermeasures, and their political and policy implications. They also demonstrate through cases and vignettes how various authorities, policymakers and practitioners seek to improve homeland security. The authors evaluate the current practices and policies of homeland security and emergency management ...

Natural Risks
Natural Risks
Learning Objectives and Outcomes

At the end of this chapter, you should be able to understand the definitions, trends, distribution, and returns of

  • Natural hazards and threats in general
  • Climate change in general
  • Weather events in general
  • Droughts and heat waves
  • Storms, hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons
  • Tornadoes
  • Floods
  • Geological and geomorphic hazards (such as subsistence)
  • Seismic hazards (mostly earthquakes)
  • Volcanic hazards (such as ejected lava or ash)
  • Fires (both human-caused and wild)
  • Cosmic hazards (such as solar storms and meteors)

In September 2012, the World Economic Forum surveyed more than 1,000 experts and found them slightly more pessimistic for the next decade of global risks. This shift in opinion arose because persistent economic weakness decreases our ability to tackle environmental challenges. Respondents viewed the failure of climate change adaptation as the environmental risk with the ...

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