Disasters continue on a massive scale. Prediction, preparation, relief and reconstruction have improved but the social causes of disaster remain largely unaddressed. At Risk reasserts the significance of the human factor in disasters. Establishing that the social, political and economic environment is as much a cause of disasters as the natural environment, the book argues that disaster mitigation is rooted in the potential humans have to understand their vulnerability and to take common action. Analytical concepts are applied to the "hazards that become disasters": famines and drought, biological hazards, floods, coastal storms, and earthquakes, volcanos and landslides. At Risk draws practical and policy conclusions with a view to disaster reduction and the promotion of a safer environment.Blaikie, Piers is the author of 'At Risk Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability, and Disasters' with ISBN 9780415084772 and ISBN 0415084776.