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The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters

The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Arthur Miller Lecture on Science and Ethics. It's time to trade in the Department of Homeland Security for a Department of Homeland Vulnerabilities, says Charles Perrow. At its peril, our nation "privileges terrorism over natural and industrial disasters." From Perrow's perspective, the U.S. landscape is riddled with "weapons of mass destruction:" chemical plants; vital infrastructure such as bridges and levees; aging nuclear power plants; large, centralized providers of energy, water and food, all of which are obvious targets for natural disasters, accidents or attack. "There are 123 locations in our nation where a vapor cloud released by an accident or terror attack could endanger over 1 million people," says Perrow. Freight trains loaded with... Show More
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