Science Literacy and Risk Analysis: Relationship to the Postmodernist Critique, Conservative Christian Activists, and Professional Obfuscators

Authored by: Michael Ryan

Handbook of Risk and Crisis Communication

Print publication date:  September  2008
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9780805857771
eBook ISBN: 9780203891629
Adobe ISBN: 9781135597757

10.4324/9780203891629.ch12

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Abstract

Attention focused primarily on New Orleans when the Gulf Coast was pounded in August 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, one of the nation’s worst natural disasters. This was inevitable because New Orleans was by far the largest city hit, because more deaths were recorded there, because the value of property destroyed set new records—and because the tragedy did not have to be as bad as it was.

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