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The Next Catastrophe by Charles Perrow

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Preface to the Paperback EditionContinuing Catastrophe

The Next Catastrophe argues that concentrations of hazardous materials, populations, and economic power in our critical infrastructure make us more vulnerable to natural disasters, industrial/ technological disasters, and terrorist attacks. Since its publication the fearful concentrations have only increased, exposing us to more risks, including those of a catastrophic scale. Recent years have seen increased concentration in industries that utilize hazardous materials; population density has increased in risky areas such as floodplains, areas prone to earthquakes, and coastal areas subject to storms and flooding; and economic concentration has increased in electric power generation, banking, ...

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