Disaster Accountability: Unraveling the Nature of Catastrophe

Tues. 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Centennial E

If there is no such thing as a “natural” disaster, then who should be held responsible when catastrophe strikes?

It is well-established that natural hazards become disasters because of human influences such as poor land-use planning, unsustainable development, unjust investment, and other policies and practices that increase risk. Since many natural events are foreseeable and damage is often preventable, panelists will discuss how we can reduce such losses and avoid litigation and political turmoil.

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