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Catastrophe! Natural Disasters, Sustainability, and the Future of Civilization with IU Professor Michael Hamburger
We've heard a lot about protection of the environment, but what about protection from the environment? Over the past several years, natural disastershurricanes, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and tornadoesseem to be wreaking havoc on our globe, and some are a threat in our own backyards. From the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to Superstorm Sandy, natural disasters are claiming hundreds of thousands of lives and consuming billions in economic resources. Although natural disasters are not often considered as elements of sustainability policy, they represent the ultimate test of a civilization's sustainability. The program will examine the causes and impacts of mega-disasters, discuss humans' role in creating the disasters or exacerbating their impacts, and explore how we can mitigate the effects of natural disasters that will undoubtedly affect our future. No sign up required; light refreshments provided.
Michael Hamburger is a professor of Geological Sciences at
Indiana University. His research, teaching, and service interests
include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, land slides, tsunamis, and
their causes, consequences, and predictability. He is also heavily
involved in science outreach programs, including serving as a leader in
the Princeton Earth Physics Program, a nationwide project to bring
seismology research to the public school curriculum. He serves on the
Earthquake Advisory Board of the Indiana State Emergency Management
Agency. At IU, he led a campus-wide sustainability initiative and
serves as co-chair of the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board.
this month, he will receive the 2012-13 IU Bloomington Distinguished
Service Award. For the IU news release on the award, click
more information about him and his work, click here and here.