Examines the disastrous industrial accidents globally since the Second World War. Change and innovation development have accelerated dramatically through this century. The war itself influenced various developments. Argues that environmental problems are problems of development. Bhopal, Chernobyl, Exxon Valdez, Kuwait’s oil wells and Siberian pipelines are all used as examples. Industrial activity and social change have increased vulnerability to man‐made hazards. Hazardous industries tend to be sited nearer the poorest and most vulnerable people, making the effects of any disaster even greater. Discusses the changing attitudes to man‐made disasters ‐ from fatalistic resignation to a desire to gain greater control. Assessment, legislation and mitigation have meant improvements and are indicators of willingness and ability to handle the threats.
Granot, H. (1998), "The dark side of growth and industrial disasters since the Second World War", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 195-204. https://doi.org/10.1108/09653569810223281Download as .RIS
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