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Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters

Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters
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Australia is a vast land in which weather varies significantly in different parts of the continent. Recent extreme weather events in Australia, such as the Queensland floods and Victorian bushfires, are brutal reminders of nature’s devastating power. Is global warming increasing the rate of natural disasters? What part do La Niña and El Niño play in the extreme weather cycle? Cyclones, floods, severe storms, bushfires, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis – what are the natural and man-made causes of these phenomena, how predictable are they, and how prepared are we for the impacts of natural disasters at a national and global level? This book examines the causes of severe and extreme weather in Australia, and explores the nation’s history of natural disasters and their impact on humans and the environment. Also includes: Worksheets and activities ; Fast facts ; Glossary ; Web links ; Index. Sources of information: Titles in the ‘Issues in Society’ series are individual resource books which provide an overview on a specific subject comprised of facts and opinions. The information in this resource book is not from any single author, publication or organisation. The unique value of the ‘Issues in Society’ series lies in its diversity of content and perspectives. The content comes from a wide variety of sources and includes: Newspaper reports and opinion pieces ; Website fact sheets ; Magazine and journal articles ; Statistics and surveys ; Government reports ; Literature from special interest groups. Critical evaluation: As the information reproduced in this book is from a number of different sources, readers should always be aware of the origin of the text and whether or not the source is likely to be expressing a particular bias or agenda. It is hoped that, as you read about the many aspects of the issues explored in this book, you will critically evaluate the information presented. In some cases, it is important that you decide whether you are being presented with facts or opinions. Does the writer give a biased or an unbiased report? If an opinion is being expressed, do you agree with the writer?
The Spinney Press; January 2012
65 pages; ISBN 9781921507656
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