Chapter 2 · A hazardous process is an event that involves risk or chance. The occurrence anywhere/ anytime of tornados, landslides, earthquakes, or volcanic eruptions are all hazardous processes—but they can produce either disasters or catastrophes , or neither (if no life of infrastructure is affected)- disaster-sudden or great misfortune; a calamity- catastrophe-a wide spread disaster; an event subverting the system of things; a disastrous end. · ‘catastrophic threshold’-that point where 25% of the population of the species is killed off by an event or a closely connected series of events that occur in a very short time span. Not clear if that’s global or regional. Rising cost of natural disasters/catastrophes: oRising population § Choice to live in ‘hazardous’ regions
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short time span, wide spread disaster, closely connected series