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Overseas trade has a hidden environmental 'disaster footprint' – new report

By Laurie Parsons, Lecturer in Human Geography, Royal Holloway University of London
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Environmental disasters are increasingly a fact of life around the world. Each year, floods, droughts and landslides affect tens of millions of people, leaving vast human and economic destruction in their wake. The cost in human lives and livelihoods each year is enormous.

Yet their labelling as “natural” disasters or “acts of God” has cast them as difficult to predict and prevent. As the impacts of climate change are felt more and more clearly, their severity is expected to worsen and their predictability…

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