standard Costliest human-made disasters

Enough cannot be said about the number of disasters¬†(including climate change, Sue Kieffer calls it a ‘stealth disaster’) that are caused by human societies. Many of them are technological in nature or involve technology, especially when extracting resources such as oil as in the case of the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill, the second most expensive man-made disaster in history next to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan should also likely be added to this list, but clean-up is still not complete. While the catalyst for this disaster was the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, investigations have concluded that it was indeed ‘man-made’, reporting that the cause of the disaster was mainly due to incompetence and negligence. There are big questions that remain to be answered as to why disasters continue at this scale, but for the majority on this list, heavy demands placed on natural resources often lead people to make irrational decisions, taking risks that make disasters more likely, perhaps inevitable. Food for thought.

Man-Made Disasters

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