Spring 2018: Introduction to Mitigation and Adaptation Studies

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Class 19 (03/21/2018): Decision-Making: Facing Threats

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Summary

The way how threats are encountered and risks are managed, understood, ignored in different cultures and how natural laws are integrated in risk assessments depends on the cultural biases, the preception of reality, and the social, economic and ethical rules accepted by the community. It also depends on how these threads and risks are related and competeing with the core values of the community. Environmental risks resulting from the fact that we have crossed global boundaries, have changed land use and eliminated a large part of the wildlife are competing with the goals of material wellbeing that is central to modern civilization.

Reading List

Kirchhoff et al., 2013.

Berger et al., 2011.

Casti, 2012.

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