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PUBLICATION DATE: January 09, 2012 PRODUCT #: IES445-HCB-ENG
Natural disasters are worldwide happenings, with enormous personal, social and economic impacts and tangled with other ‘big picture’ problems. Their destructive ability is shown by this graph presented by The Economist. Catastrophes also alter how people live and additionally displace and kill individuals. For instance, serious drought in primary harvest production regions may result in food supply deficits and food price increases. Extensive extreme weather conditions and constant might set international ecosystems and biodiversity in danger. Tsunami and the recent quake in Japan in March 2011 raise anxieties including the security of nuclear energy. Other international trends including demographic change, climate change, instruction and technology also connect in some way or another to natural disasters. Population growth pushes individuals to reside in coastal regions, making them much more exposed to thunderstorms and floods. The problem of natural disasters is closely linked with other subjects and complexities. The on-going discussions about planning for and reacting to any or all types of natural disasters are also not simple. So, this technical note cannot seek to completely summarize or clarify the various problems that are controversial. What this note does try to realize, nevertheless, is a summary of these problems and of essential facts associated with complete trends in their own event and the various types of natural disasters. In creating this technical note the goal will be to give a strong backdrop against which to exercise direction on natural disaster-related problems.