Adapting to extreme events related to natural variability and climate change: The imperative of coupling technology with strong regulation and governance

Kythreotis, Andrew and Mercer, Theresa and Frostick, Lynne (2013) Adapting to extreme events related to natural variability and climate change: The imperative of coupling technology with strong regulation and governance. Environmental Science and Technology, 47 (17). pp. 9560-9566. ISSN 0013-936X

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Abstract

In recent years there has been an increase in extreme events related to natural variability (such as earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes) and climate change (such as flooding and more extreme weather). Developing innovative technologies is crucial in making society more resilient to such events. However, little emphasis has been placed on the role of human decision-making in maximizing the positive impacts of technological developments. This is exacerbated by the lack of appropriate adaptation options and the privatization of existing infrastructure, which can leave people exposed to increasing risk. This work examines the need for more robust government regulation and legislation to complement developments and innovations in technology in order to protect communities against such extreme events.

Keywords:adaptation, climate change, climate variation, extreme event, global warming, governance approach, temperature effect, article, decision making, earthquake, government regulation, hurricane, law, organization and management, tsunami, Climate Change, Climatic Processes, Cyclonic Storms, Earthquakes, Environmental Policy, Geological Processes, Technology, Tsunamis, Weather
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F850 Environmental Sciences
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:34049
Deposited On:23 Nov 2018 10:20

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