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Official Review: Climate Change and Natural Disasters

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Official Review: Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Post Number:#1 by L_Therese
» 16 Mar 2017, 21:49

[Following is an official review of "Climate Change and Natural Disasters" by Vinod Thomas.]

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You may have noticed over the past several years that natural disasters seem to come with increasing frequency and intensity. Think of Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the earthquakes that rocked Japan and Haiti, Typhoon Haiyan, and the many other natural disasters that have destroyed homes, infrastructure, nuclear power plants, and most devastatingly, lives. Vinod Thomas’s book Climate Change and Natural Disasters shows the link between climate change and this rise in incidence and magnitude of natural disasters.

That’s not all you’ll learn in this book, though. Thomas’s book also examines natural disasters and climate change through an economic lens. That means that the reader will learn why less developed economies and lower income communities are disproportionately affected by natural disasters. The book will look at strategies that some communities have used to mitigate risks both in a general, global sense as well as specific strategies useful for a particular risk in a particular community. The author will also examine how economic policies, such as those related to investment in energy, housing, and infrastructure, can (and he would argue, should) be used to reduce risks related to disasters and climate change. The book calls for policy change around the globe, acknowledging that every State will address the issue differently but emphasizing that it is vital that every State does in fact address the issue.

Included are numerous insets: images, charts, tables, graphs, and examples of how past disasters have been handled. For instance, burning tropical forests in Indonesia to clear land for profitable products has resulted in a persistent, toxic smoke haze.The inset talks about some of the strategies being used to resolve the issue and shows a picture of Indonesian children learning to live with the smog. These insets help the vast amount of information become more tangible and feel more immediate.

As a whole, the book is fairly academic. Readers who already have a basic familiarity with climate-related issues will probably have a better experience with this book. Unless climate change is something you’re passionate about, if you are a fiction reader, you might want to think twice about this choice. That said, if you are passionate about environmental policy or climate change mitigation, this is an excellent book to increase your understanding of how the economy is intimately involved with this issue. Even if you just like to stay politically literate (in any country - the book is not State-specific), this book is worth perusing.

Overall, I rate Climate Change and Natural Disasters 4 out of 4 stars. While its genre does limit the readers to whom it would hold appeal, it is extremely well written. The book is informative enough to be a textbook (with notes and references provided), relevant both locally and globally, and accessible to a non-expert. It may not be the easiest read, but the time is well spent. Its page-count is very low, which helps it be less daunting, but Vinod Thomas utilizes each page with care and diligence. There’s a lot of learning to be done here.

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Re: Official Review: Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 21 Mar 2017, 10:11

Sounds like a very informative book if you are researching this type of thing. Thanks for the great review.
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Post Number:#3 by michelonline29
» 23 Mar 2017, 22:03

Very informative. This book will also be used as educational material. Thank you for the review.
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Post Number:#4 by MarisaRose
» 24 Mar 2017, 07:07

This one sounds like a book a lot of people could learn from. I'm glad it's well written and will make sense to non-experts as well. Great review :)
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Post Number:#5 by Donnavila Marie01
» 31 Mar 2017, 06:20

I would love to have an access of this book because these disasters have taken away lives, futures, and families. These disasters can even erase the whole of a small town. We have to educate oursekves about the deeper realities about clinate change.
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Post Number:#6 by kimmyschemy06
» 16 Apr 2017, 23:53

Sounds like a very interesting and informative book. It actually seems scary to me because I'm from the country where typhoon Yolanda struck in 2013, but I guess it doesn't hurt to be informed about these things. Great job on the review. Congratulations to Vinod Thomas on such an obviously well written book.
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Post Number:#7 by bookowlie
» 17 Apr 2017, 10:43

Great review! I have become more interested in this topic in recent years for the reason you mentioned - natural disasters are occuring with more intensity. I like the fact that this book isn't too long, since I can sometimes get overwhelming by a lot of scientific jargon.
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