How Resilient Is Your Country?

(Editorial by Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Nature, 491, Nov. 2012) — Extreme events are on the rise. Governments must implement national and integrated risk-management strategies.

As the United States continues to mop up after Superstorm Sandy, we see again our vulnerability to extreme events. The destruction was massive: US$50 billion in economic losses; large-scale evacuations; thousands of businesses closed in anticipation; and millions of Americans without power for days. But the catastrophe had a silver lining: the way that science was used to improve decision-making. (…)

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