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How can we improve our policy on natural disasters?

from Pacific Standard

Is there such thing as a natural disaster? Historian Jacob Remes says no. In Remes' account, disasters are the intersection of natural hazards with society and politics. Remes came upon this framing during Hurricane Katrina, when he, like many of us, sat in front of screens watching citizens crammed into makeshift shelters. We saw corpses floating down city streets, the same ones Blackwater contractors patrolled as if they were in Iraq. more


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