Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Protection

This report, from the World Bank and the United Nations, examines the steps that national governments and individuals can take to mitigate the damage of extreme weather events, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, and storms. The report is the culmination of a two-year effort by 70 experts from various disciplines and institutions, primarily economists but also climate scientists, geographers, political scientists, and psychologists.

This report provides policy makers with a new and valuable approach that focuses on the economics of reducing deaths and destruction from natural hazards. It looks at disasters primarily through an economic lens, but draws from other disciplines including psychology, political science, and nutrition science. The full report is available to download for free.

Publication Date: 2010

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  • The World Bank

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