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Miscellany
http://www.ilankelman.org/miscellany.html


Other documents and material

The mountains of Afghanistan taken from the air.

Afghanistan's mountains.
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 2004.)


Other Disaster, Risk, and Vulnerability Material

Build on Floodplains (Properly)
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When flood disasters occur, a traditional reaction is to suggest not building on floodplains. This document discusses why building on floodplains can be appropriate. See also other discussion on this topic.

Disaster Definitions
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Definitions of the term "disaster" are compiled.

Disaster Ecology, Risk Ecology, the Risk Resource, and the Disaster Resource
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Disaster's potential positive consequences are explored through four conceptual models: Disaster Ecology which brings an ecological framework to the understanding of disaster risk reduction, Risk Ecology which occurs by direct analogy with Disaster Ecology, and the Risk Resource and the Disaster Resource which explore how risk and disasters could be useful.

Disaster Lexicon
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Disaster-related phrases which are particularly insightful along with a short definition and the original source.

Disaster Mitigation Saves
(216 kb in Word.)
Quantitative economic and financial studies of disaster risk reduction projects are described, indicating the savings obtained.

Like a Splinter in Your Mind: Myth, Reality and (Un)Natural Disasters
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Speculation on why there seem to be more disasters, even though we are becoming more knowledgeable, by discussing some aspects of disaster myths.

Macrobiological Hazards
(143 kb in Word Format.)
Examples are compiled where society's vulnerability has led to large animals and plants (macrobiology) becoming macrobiological hazards.

Natural Disasters Do Not Exist (Natural Hazards Do Not Exist Either)
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The argument is made that the terms "natural disasters" and "natural hazards" are misnomers.

Overcoming Disaster Through P3: Principles, Policies, Practices
(103 kb in PDF.)
This document discusses an approach, backed up by examples, which proposes principles, policies, and practices for helping to reduce disaster risk within the context of sustainability.

Reliance on Structural Approaches Increases Disaster Risk
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The importance of not relying on structural approaches for disaster risk reduction is explained and justified.

Relocalisation (as a webpage).
A community-based approach to disaster risk reduction.

Reverse Insurance
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An "insurance" model is discussed where people are paid to enact disaster mitigation rather than paying to have security in case of a disaster.

Risk RED (as a webpage).
Risk Reduction Education for Disasters.

Safety Day
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An annual safety day in schools and offices is described to improve attitudes towards safety and risk.

Unusual Floods and Drownings
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Flood and drowning instances involving fluids other than water are compiled.

Vulnerability and Resilience
Good references on vulnerability/resilience http://www.islandvulnerability.org/docs/vulnres.pdf (105 kb in PDF) and vulnerability/resilience references being critiqued http://www.islandvulnerability.org/docs/vulnrecritiques.pdf (85 kb in PDF).

Races at the Scalloway Gala, Shetland.

Scalloway Gala, Shetland.
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 1996.)


Other Sustainability and Environment Material

Coldest March (as a webpage).
A critique of the Antarctic exploration book The Coldest March.

Sustainable Living Centres
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Efforts to build sustainable living centres are listed. No endorsement of any of the communities is implied by this document.

Tapping Into Tap Water: The Responsibility of Smallness
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Water supply systems with increased decentralisation and smaller scales are suggested as reducing vulnerability, promoting sustainability, and saving money.

A restaurant still life in Bielefeld, Germany.

A restaurant in Bielefeld, Germany.
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 2011.)


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