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Climatic Change

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 69–84 | Cite as

Nine fallacies of natural disaster: The case of the Sahel

  • Michael H. Glantz
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Abstract

This article presents nine statements which are generally “accepted” as true. However, when they are applied to a particular situation, in this case the recent prolonged drought in the Sahelian zone in West Africa, they are as often untrue as they are true. For example, such generalizations as “people learn from their mistakes” or “when the rains come, everything will return to normal” or “technology is the answer”, when applied uncritically to a specific situation often prove to become part of the problem as well as a hindrance to the attainment of a solution to that problem.

It is strongly suggested that these nine generalizations, here called “fallacies”, be carefully assessed when applied, thereby removing one more obstacle in dealing with environmental problems in general and natural hazards in particular.

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Environmental Problem Natural Disaster Natural Hazard Specific Situation Prolonged Drought 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael H. Glantz
    • 1
  1. 1.National Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA

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