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Natural disasters

Author: Margaret Haerens; Lynn M Zott
Publisher: Detroit : Greenhaven Press, ©2013.
Series: Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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This volume explores the topic of natural disasters by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that surround this issue. The editors investigate topics such as the factors leading to the frequency of natural disasters, controversies surrounding disaster relief efforts, the government's role in natural disaster relief, and the media's coverage of natural disasters. The viewpoints  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Haerens; Lynn M Zott
ISBN: 9780737760606 0737760605 9780737760613 0737760613
OCLC Number: 809612788
Description: 233 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch 1. What contributes to the frequency of natural disasters? : Global warming increases the frequency and severity of natural disasters / Brad Plumer --
The link between global warming and natural disasters is based on bad science / Rich Trzupek --
Humans have a responsibility to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to natural disasters / Bill McKibben --
Technology can both create natural disasters and aid in disaster recovery / Joel Achenbach --
Many Americans believe that God causes natural disasters / Stephanie Pappas --
Most Americans do not believe that God causes natural disasters / Eric Marrapodi. Ch 2. What controversies surround disaster relief efforts? : Aid organizations should not compete for assistance dollars / Saundra Schimmelpfennig --
National advocacy organizations should safeguard disaster victims' human rights / Elizabeth Ferris --
Corporations are profiting from disaster relief contracts at the expense of victims / Jordan Flaherty --
Relief efforts contribute to increased corruption and poverty following natural disasters / Ian Birrell --
Only wealthy countries can recover from natural disasters / John Mutter. Ch 3. What should be the government's role in natural disaster relief? : The US government must be responsible for disaster relief and risk reduction / Christian Parenti --
States should be responsible for disaster relief, not the US government / Matt Mayer, David C. John, James Jay Carafano --
American citizens should handle disaster relief and not big government / Bruce Walker --
The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides essential disaster recovery services / Federal Emergency Management Agency --
The Federal Emergency Management Agency impedes rather than aids disaster recovery / Ron Paul --
The Federal Emergency Management Agency needs more authority and funding for disaster relief efforts / Jessica Leval, and Andrew Mener --
Multinational troops can provide stability to disaster zones / James L. Schoff, Marina Travayiakis --
The use of military forces for disaster relief is inappropriate and harmful / Jamie Way. Ch 4. What issues surround the media's coverage of natural disasters? : Reporting on natural disasters is often superficial and misleading / Patrick Cockburn --
Formulaic natural-disaster reporting undermines aid efforts and stereotypes victims / Simon Moss --
Sensationalist disaster coverage ignores important economic and political issues / David Sirota --
Startling disaster imagery encourages empathy and increases assistance for victims / David Campbell --
Graphic coverage of disasters can generate aid but should be respectful of victims / Stacey Patton --
Physician reporters covering disaster zones raises serious ethical questions / Gary Schwitzer --
Natural disaster coverage displays widespread racial biases / Natalie Hopkinson.
Series Title: Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: Margaret Haerens and Lynn M. Zott, book editors.

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This volume explores the topic of natural disasters by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that surround this issue. The editors investigate topics such as the factors leading to the frequency of natural disasters, controversies surrounding disaster relief efforts, the government's role in natural disaster relief, and the media's coverage of natural disasters. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. Allows the reader to attain the higher-level critical thinking and reading skills that are essential in a culture of diverse and contradictory opinions.

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