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The perfect storm (13 Oct 2011)

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Uploaded on Oct 18, 2011

UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: The perfect storm: Can disaster reduction occur in the face of climate change and population growth?

Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography)

In the near future we face the perfect storm; where the combination of climate change and population growth is set to increase the numbers of people affected by 'natural' disasters. By 2030 globally we will need 50% more energy, with much of this energy generated through fossil fuels, accelerating climate change. By 2030 we will need 50% more food and 30% more water to feed our expanding population. To mark International Day for disaster reduction (12 Oct), Professor Maslin looks at these dire predictions for the future and discusses how we, as a global society, can deal with these problems and ultimately reduce society's vulnerability and save lives.

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