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Climate change tends to increase the frequency and intensity of weather-related disasters, which puts many people at risk. Economic, social and environmental impacts further increase vulnerability to natural disasters and tend to set back development, destroy livelihoods and increase disparity nationally and worldwide.
This book addresses the differential vulnerability of people and places, introducing concepts and methods for analysis and illustrating the impact on local, regional, national, and global scales. The chapters in the first section set the stage by focusing on the relationship between climate change and disasters and by broadly exploring the economic and social impacts they cause. Further chapters explore particular impacts of climate change, including the social, political and even military conflicts that may arise over scarce natural resources, as well as the differential impacts on biodiversity and thus the natural environment.
Chapters in the last section discuss responses to climate change impacts in terms of information sharing and preparedness, adaptation and mitigation - particularly the relevance of improving the role of markets, through investment and insurance, to face climate change. Researchers and policy-makers involved in the study of climate change and disaster prevention will find this comprehensive volume of great interest.