• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Danger to human populations from environmental events is both increasing and decreasing." Human populations all over the world are in danger from environmental events

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"Danger to human populations from environmental events is both increasing and decreasing." Human populations all over the world are in danger from environmental events. These events have the potential to harm humans, possessions and income. Environmental events or hazards are extreme conditions that can cause injury, loss of life, loss of agriculture and the environment, damage to property and housing. There are a number of variables that influence the level of danger the community is faced with. These factors include; the magnitude and frequency of the event, the vulnerability of the community and the resources available. These factors can both increase and decrease the danger to human populations. On a global scale the frequency and magnitude of environmental hazards is both increasing and decreasing, depending on the particular hazard. ...read more.

Middle

How well the community can prepare for, and cope with the hazard determines their danger level. In general, communities living in 3rd world countries are at a greater risk of danger than people living in 1st world countries due to their dense populations, low level of education and poor economy. Many 3rd world communities have poor housing arrangements that do not protect the people and can be completely destroyed by environmental events. They also do not have insurance to protect their assets. This means that they take much longer to recover from an event, as they cannot afford to rebuild their community. In developing countries survival of people relies heavily on crop production, but often they do not have the knowledge or technology to protect these crops from environmental hazards. ...read more.

Conclusion

The engineering developments in developed countries, can greatly lessen the impact of environmental hazards and protect the community. This is evident in London, where barriers were built in the Thames River to protect the surrounding community from floodwaters. Also, In Japan buildings have been built which have large springs underneath them, which absorb the impact of earthquakes. Overall, communities living in 3rd world countries are far more able to cope with environmental events, and so the people are at less risk of danger. As the economy of developed countries increases, they become more technologically advanced and can prepare for and recover more quickly from hazards, decreasing danger to human populations. However, as underdeveloped countries get further into dept and population growth increases, they become more vulnerable to hazards and therefore the danger to humans increases. Therefore, I agree that danger to human populations is both increasing and decreasing. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Hazardous Environments section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Hazardous Environments essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Explain the increasing frequency of Hydro-meteorological Hazards.

    3 star(s)

    High levels of precipitation affects soil on steep hills and mountains, as it irrigates down and loosens up everything which is holding it together, as when water and mud mix on the hillside, gravity pulls the heavy mud, and anything else with it downwards.

  2. What is an environmental (natural) hazard?

    It can become taken for granted and actually discourage local initiatives in disaster risk reduction. It is easier and cheaper short-term to assume that help will come rather than to try and put preventative measures in place. This is very dangerous as these countries will never be able to get back on their feet.

  1. Suggest why droughts have severe impacts on people and the environment.

    When a drought occurs in any location, the environment is always affected, in some way. Environmental losses are the result of damages to animals, plants, wildlife habitats and overall land quality. There can be direct and indirect effects caused by drought, for example the lack of water will mean that crops will die, this is the direct effect had.

  2. Assess The View That Hazardous Events Have More Short- Term Than Long-Term Impacts On ...

    I decided on using this case study as it is now relatively old, and I could compare the impacts and see how differently people coped in the past. For my final case study I will be examining a recent hazardous event, hurricane Ike, which struck America earlier this month.

  1. Types of asbestos and Asbestos-related diseases.

    Amosite, or brown asbestos, is an amphibole from Africa. Crocidolite, or blue asbestos, is an amphibole from Africa and Australia. It is the fibrous form of riebeckite. Blue asbestos is commonly thought of as the most dangerous type of asbestos.

  2. California and the Phillippines - Hazard Hotspots and Human Management of Risks

    Tsunami occurs in California because of the Pacific Coastline near Los Angeles which is proned to tidal waves, triggered by submarine earthquakes or volcanic activity. For example when the Tohuku earthquake took place in Japan, a tsunami (although very small)

  1. Volcanic and seismic events are major pieces of evidence towards proving that plate-tectonics theory ...

    to find that parts of the sea floor consist of magnetized rocks with alternating bands of normal and reversed polarities (Fig.4.11). The bands are hundreds of kilometers long. More important, they are exactly symmetrical on either side of a centerline that corresponds to the crest of the ridge running down the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

  2. The extent to which volcanoes represent a hazard to human populations depends on where ...

    A good example of this is where the Nazca plate and South American plate collide to form the Andes. At subduction zones a line of volcanoes often forms such as the 'ring of fire' that surrounds the Pacific Ocean. Conservative margins is the other boundary formed when continental plates come

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work