How the World Breaks: Life in Catastrophe's Path, from the Caribbean to Siberia

How the World Breaks: Life in Catastrophe's Path, from the Caribbean to Siberia

by Stan Cox, Paul Cox


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620970126
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,274,224
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Stan Cox is research coordinator at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, where he lives. His books include Losing Our Cool and Any Way You Slice It (both published by The New Press). Paul Cox is an anthropologist and a writer on development and disaster. He is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and regularly conducts research in Central Africa.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Fire Regimes: Australia and Siberia 15

2 Leave It Up to Batman: The Philippines 38

3 Neighbors to the Sky: New York City 64

4 Every Silver Lining… 88

5 Gray Goo: East Java, Indonesia 122

6 How to Booby-Trap a Planet 143

7 Foreshock, Shock, Aftershock: L'Aquila, Italy 160

8 Atlantis of the Americas: Miami, Florida 175

9 Engineer, Defend, Insure, Absorb, Leave 198

10 The Absorbers: Mumbai, India, and Kampala, Uganda 224

11 Vulnerability Seeps in Everywhere 238

12 Keeping the Lights On: Montserrat, West Indies 257

13 "We Do Things Big Here": Greensburg, Kansas, and Joplin, Missouri 278

14 When Mountains Fall: Uttarakhand State, India 298

Epilogue: Rainbow of Chaos 317

Notes 325

Index 387

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