This study of the human conceptualization of drought in a global setting examines the historical record from early human society through to present day concerns to explore how and why attitudes to drought have changed and why the mitigation of its impacts has become more difficult. To offer a more lasting strategy for protection against drought, the author argues that physical scientists need to combine their skills in understanding global ecology and their technological expertise with the social scientists' awareness of the socio-economic, political and cultural contexts in which modern socie
Drought in World History Defining Drought Documenting Drought The Causes of Drought The Scope of Drought Impacts Society at Bay? Managing the Droughts Drought as a Technological Hazard? The Mitigation Strategies of the Industrialized Countries in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Drought Reporting and Drought Relief as Moral Hazards? Drought in World Literature, Art, Philosophy and Community The Scientists and Drought The Coming Droughts.
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