Climate hazards are the world’s most widespread, deadliest and costliest natural disasters. Knowledge of climate hazard dynamics is critical since the impacts of climate change, population growth, development projects and migration affect both the impact and severity of disasters. Current global events highlight how hazards can lead to significant financial losses, increased mortality rates and political instability.
This book examines climate hazard crises in contemporary Asia, identifying how hazards from the Middle East through South and Central Asia and China have the power to reshape our globalised world. In an era of changing climates, knowledge of hazard dynamics is essential to mitigating disasters and strengthening livelihoods and societies across Asia. By integrating human exposure to climate factors and disaster episodes, the book explores the environmental forces that drive disasters and their social implications. Focusing on a range of Asian countries, landscapes and themes, the chapters address several scales (province, national, regional), different hazards (drought, flood, temperature, storms, dust), environments (desert, temperate, mountain, coastal) and issues (vulnerability, development, management, politics) to present a diverse, comprehensive evaluation of climate hazards in Asia. This book offers an understanding of the challenges climate hazards present, their critical nature and the effort needed to mitigate climate hazards in 21st-century Asia.
Climate Hazard Crises in Asian Societies and Environments is vital reading for those interested and engaged in Asia’s development and well-being today and will be of interest to those working in Geography, Development Studies, Environmental Sciences, Sociology and Political Science.
Table of Contents
1: An Unstable, Stable Nation? Climate, Water, Migration and Security in Syria from 2006-2011
Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell
2: Post-disaster reconstruction strategies: a case study in Taiwan
3: Human amplification of climate hazards: 2010 floods in Pakistan
Inam Rahim and Henri Rueff
4: Climate hazards and health in Asia
Ilan Kelman and Tim Colbourn
5: Evolving a multi-hazard focused approach for arid Eurasia
6: Climate change and security: major challenges for Yemen’s future
7: Climatic hazards in the Himalayan region
8: China’s natural and constructed hazard regimes
9: Temporal and spatial distributions of dust storms in middle Asia: natural and anthropogenic factors
Leah Orlovsky, Rodica Indoitu, Giorgi Kozhoridze, Madina Batyrbaeva, Irina Vitkovskaya, Dr. Batyr Mamedov and Prof. Nikolai Orlovsky
10: Climate Hazards in Asian Drylands
11: Climate Change: Rethinking the local for policy and practice
Troy Sternberg is a researcher at the School of Geography, Oxford University. His research focuses on climate hazard impact on environments and societies across Asian drylands.