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Unnatural Disasters: Houston, Puerto Rico and Other Sites of Climate Crisis

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Thursday, 19 October 2017, 5:00

October 19, 2017. 5:00 PM. Unnatural Disasters: Houston, Puerto Rico and Other Sites of Climate Crisis. Ashley Dawson, Princeton University; Keith Wailoo, Princeton University; Hilda Llorens, University of Rhode Island; Richard Mizelle, Jr. University of Houston. Sponsored by Princeton Environmental Institute. More information here.  

Extreme weather events attributed to climate change are devastating societies whose vulnerability is the product of a harsh social calculus — the poor are left to bear the climatic brunt of the wealthy's overconsumption of energy and resources. This panel will explore how the recent destruction in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico partly stemmed from social and economic disparities — and how those inequalities may affect recovery and reconstruction. The speakers also will discuss how climate disasters could alternatively lead to the emergence of more just societies

Location  Guyot Hall, Room 10, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ