Cure for Catastrophe #477

June 08, 2018

Tsunamis. Earthquakes. Volcanoes. These are the sorts of natural disasters movies are made from, because throughout history we've learned that natural disasters often become human disasters. But how much are we contributing to the scale of the human toll of natural disasters when they hit? How much do our decisions about where to build, what to build, and how to build impact that cost? We spend the hour with Robert Muir-Wood, author of "The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disaster", talking about what he's learned over his 25 years working to understand the risks associated with natural disasters.


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Guest Bios

Robert Muir-Wood

Robert Muir-Wood works on modeling the risk from disasters and to identify how disaster risks can be managed and reduced. He has more than 25 years of experience working round the world on the risk from floods, hurricanes, storms, earthquakes and tsunamis. He is the head of research for the world's largest catastrophe risk modeling company: Risk Management Solutions. In 2016 he published his latest book: "The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disaster".

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