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Natural Disasters in the World's Great Cities
For centuries, human efforts to protect cities against natural disasters such as earthquakes, storms, floods, epidemic diseases and other natural extremes has been remarkably successful. However, there is recent evidence to suggest an increased vulnerability of urban populations to natural disasters. In this lecture, Rutgers University geography professor James Mitchell makes the case that urban centers are more at risk to natural disaster than commonly thought. While Mitchell acknowledges the progress of cities in preventing and responding to natural hazards, such as floods, he insists that urban planners must be more conscious of the significant risks to urban populations that are still persistent.
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